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Not to discredit anyone causeI wasn't there for all incidents but after looking at pictures of "thresher sharks" that were caught or seen locally they almost always turn into a different species of shark. There are other shark species which have longer upper lobes on their tail and this sometimes gets more attention. For example, while running offshore towards the nipple one dayI saw at a distance whatI thought for sure was the upper lobe of a threshers tail breaking the surface. After it went down and came up several times and having a hard time trying to get close without causing it to sound we pulled up almost directly on top of what turned out to be a great hammerhead in excess of 12ft. The exaggerated fin lengths on the hammerhead made its tail look like that of a threshers from a distance.

Not saying they weren't threshers but sometimes distance can make a huge difference in what we see.
 

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tunapopper (1/17/2010)Not to discredit anyone causeI wasn't there for all incidents but after looking at pictures of "thresher sharks" that were caught or seen locally they almost always turn into a different species of shark. There are other shark species which have longer upper lobes on their tail and this sometimes gets more attention. For example, while running offshore towards the nipple one dayI saw at a distance whatI thought for sure was the upper lobe of a threshers tail breaking the surface. After it went down and came up several times and having a hard time trying to get close without causing it to sound we pulled up almost directly on top of what turned out to be a great hammerhead in excess of 12ft. The exaggerated fin lengths on the hammerhead made its tail look like that of a threshers from a distance.



Not saying they weren't threshers but sometimes distance can make a huge difference in what we see.


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Pourman1 (1/17/2010)About 20 years ago , we saw one on Perdido Key , Surfing at The Bungalows ... certain it was a Thresher , because after seeing it I researched it to see what the heck it was !! ... Long tail protruding out of the water , at first we were like WTF ?? ... had never seen anything IN the water like it before , and we had numerous Shark encounters there before :doh


You wouldn't happen to remember what time of year you saw it?
Well , we weren't wearing Wetsuits , but I believe it was in late Summer early Fall ... waves were GOOOD too :letsparty
 

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The OLE Long Tail Hippy Looking Shark

We have caught one while Grouper fishing. It was a big one too. Probably about 10 ft. plus.We were fishing 50 plus miles offshore. I don't remember what time of year it was, had to have been summer though.
 
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