A pack of seven sharks surrounded three women on floating a board at Florida beach.
Lacey Faciane, Casie Thompson, and Qyuston Eubanks were enjoying their Memorial Day weekend at Pensacola beach on a yellow inflatable lilo when suddenly they heard people started yelling “Shark!”
“One boater would yell shark and then the next group would yell shark, and that’s just kind of how it was. And so by the time they got to us, they were right up on us,” Faciane recalled.
The women assumed that some of the sharks were up to 8-feet-long and it was very lucky for them that the shark only circulated for a few rounds then left for deeper waters.
‘I was like “Lord protect us! If it’s time for us to go, it’s time for us to go. Just protect us”, Eubanks told WALA.
The group of three could not do anything rather than wait for the sharks to leave.
“They were right up on the shore. I mean we were in at least knee, waist-deep water so they were right up on shore,” said Faciane.
The close-encounter was scary but at the same time, exciting, according to one of them.
Faciane said was an “awesome” once in a life time moment.
‘Usually you have to pay for that and we didn’t have to pay for that. So, yes, it was an awesome experience,’ she said.
‘It’s very rare to have a group of hammerheads just swim by you so it’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing’, Thompson added.
Some hammerhead sharks are hazardous and will attack humans without warning, while others are more benign.
Only 16 unprovoked hammerhead shark attacks have been documented worldwide, according to the Florida Museum, and none of them were fatal.
There were 33 shark attacks in the United States in 2020, with 16 of them occurring in Florida, the Florida Museum reports.