Video shows hammerhead shark chasing stingray near shore at Orange Beach


MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A hammerhead shark showed up at Orange Beach on Monday morning. The massive creature swam very close to shore and was filmed chasing stingrays.

The video has nearly 30,000 views on Facebook.

Catarena Peek said she and her boyfriend, Alec Deshotel, come to Orange Beach every year, but it will be a trip to remember for Texas natives.

“It’s the first time we’ve seen something like this for sure,” Deshotel said, “I look out the window…and there it is. A massive 10-12 foot hammerhead shark, whatever it was, I don’t know, but it was a big one, we don’t know how big it was, but it was huge.

The massive shark showed off its speed by chasing stingrays in the shallow end of the gulf. In the video, the few people in the water scrambled to get out.

Peek said: “There was a man there yelling there was a shark and I guess they finally saw the dorsal fin and they realized how close it was starting to get so they started jumping out of the water as fast as they could.”

Peek said she started recording because it was the second shark they had seen from their ten-story balcony at just 10 a.m. His video quickly took off on Facebook.

“I just finished filming it and it was a really cool video, so I just posted on Facebook thinking a few hundred of my friends would find it pretty cool, and then all of a sudden I lowered the eyes on my phone and it was over 100,000 views and I was like, Oh, that’s pretty cool.

Peek and Deshotel said the sighting did not stop them from entering the water. Peek is a certified scuba diver and said she has swum with sharks all her life. Deshotel said he saw sharks while fishing on the high seas. Still, it was a first for both of them.

“A once in a lifetime experience for sure. It was really cool to watch,” the couple said.

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