The confrontation came after Rob Gorta, a fishing guide in the Tampa and St. Petersburg area for over 22 years, reeled in a tarpon that appeared to have bloody bite marks on its side. With the blood in the water a hungry hammerhead intent on having a meal was soon charging after the fish. Mr Gorta said: “He just took it out of my hand!
“I have been able to capture some crazy shark attacks over the years.”
He could be heard yelling as the shark ripped the hooked fish from his grasp in a video he posted to YouTube.
The shark battled over the fish with Mr Gorta in the waters off Anna Maria Island over the course of the three minute video.
Mr Gorta lost the fight as the hammerhead claimed the fish as his prize.
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He estimated the shark measured to 14ft long and weighed over 1,000lb (454kg).
He told WFTS-TV how he desperately tried to unhook the tarpon to give the fish a chance to escape the hungry predator.
He said: “I really felt bad for the fish you know. They are an amazing fish, and I make a good living off of them.
“They are a lot of fun, and I have the utmost respect for them. There’s nothing I could really do to save that fish.”
Florida laws prevented Mr Gorta from lifting the tarpon out of the water.
He added it would have been dangerous to bring the 180lb (82kg) on board his 22 foot boat.
Despite their terrifying appearance the hammerhead is one of the least dangerous species of sharks, with only around 17 attacks reported in the last 450 years of which none were serious enough to be fatal.
Hammerheads live off of a varied diet of fish, squid, crustaceans and stingray.