Monday, September 17, 2012

Hammerhead Shark!

Pam and I left the dogs home yesterday and went to the Jekyll Island Shimp and Grits festival.  Sadly, we arrived too late for the craft beer sampling which ended at 3 PM.  What we saw was mostly stuff like this.  Yawn.

The "festival" was mainly a craft fair, it seemed to me, but there were a few places selling shrimp and grits, naturally, and a few beer stands.   Beer makes me happy.

Pam and I bought shrimp and grits covered in a crab gumbo.  I thought it was absolutely horrible, but Pam liked it.

When we left the festival, we thought we'd stop to see if we could find a place to get to our favorite driftwood beach closer than the way we were going.  We did.  

And I'm glad I brought my camera (always always always always always bring your camera).

We noticed some excitement.  A fella fishing from the beach caught a small shark.  We went over to see.  It was a baby hammerhead shark.

There have been four shark attacks on Jekyll Island in recorded history, the last being in 2001.  All were bites and none were fatal.   This is according to the esteemed website YoSurfer and seeing as how it's on the internet it must be true.  From googling around Al Gore's internets, I found that Bull Sharks seem to be very common here.  But I also found that Great Whites are found along the Golden Isles more than any other place on the east coast.

I even found a YouTube video of a guy who caught a shark almost seven feet long.  He was fishing from the beach on Jekyll Island, so they're that close.

I am very pleased to tell you that the little hammerhead was released.

See, this is why I don't go in the water.  Ever.  I'm several pegs down on the food chain out there.


  1. Not being intentionally fussy, but I think that is actually a juvenile bonnethead shark, not a hammerhead. Bonnetheads have the rounded nose shown in the picture...hammerheads have a flatter nose.

  2. The photo of the dead tree on the beach is a gem -- a keeper!

  3. Aww they are so cute when they're little...pretty cool though

  4. Bonnethead. NOT hammerhead ��