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Florida boaters in the Gulf of Mexico get up-close look at hammerhead shark

Hammerhead shark
Posted at 5:30 AM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 06:50:09-04

ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. — A family on the Gulf Coast of Florida got an up-close look at a hammerhead shark off Anna Maria island on Memorial Day.

The shark circled their boat while they were just 300 feet offshore.

Corrine Lough said she and her family were enjoying the holiday when something in the water caught her eye.

At first, she thought it was a dolphin but quickly realized it was a decent-sized shark.

Experts say hammerhead sharks can range in size from thirteen to twenty feet long.

They weigh anywhere from 500 to a 1,000 pounds and can live up to 30 years.