Watch Giant Hammerheads Hunt Blacktip Sharks

Every year there are thousands of blacktip sharks that migrate to the beaches of Florida, congregating in giant schools within the reach of a short swim. Normally, you would expect such a large pool of fish to be prey for other fish—but these are sharks, right? They weigh between 60 to 80 pounds and measure up to six feet in length. Who’s going to mess with a frickin’ shark?!

Obviously only another, much larger shark. While the blacktips congregate, giant hammerhead sharks stalk them in the waves, waiting to strike.

These hammerheads are easily double the size of the blacktip sharks, all measuring over 13 feet and some exceeding 14 feet and can weigh over 1,000 pounds. BlacktipH caught some impressive footage of these lethal predators stalking and then taking their prey. The crystal clear waters provide a perfect setting for the drone flying overhead to capture the chase, as can be seen in the video above.

The giant hammerheads swim into the schools, sending the smaller blacktip sharks scattering to evade the predator. The blacktips have to rely on their agility, but the hammerhead is a patient creature. While the hammerhead may not be able to turn on a dime like the smaller sharks do, it is called the “Ferrari of the ocean” for a reason.

Hammerheads are extremely fast and have been known to hunt fast food like the Atlantic tarpon, which can swim at a top speed of 35 miles per hour. One chase goes on for several seconds, with the drone flying at max speed—around 20 to 30 miles per hour—just to keep up. While the smaller sharks get away, the hammerhead doesn’t give up and eventually catches an exhausted blacktip, which is completely dwarfed by the massive predator.

The footage is dramatic, thanks in part to the music, but also strikingly beautiful. The sharks—flathead and blacktip—are graceful performers under the water. Even though it’s obviously a lethal situation for the blacktips, it’s still an inspiring one for YouTube visitors. Just more proof of just how cool this planet really is.

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