A shocking video showed a group of beachgoers in Florida push a massive mako shark back into the water after it washed up on the shore.
In a short video posted on social media, four men in Pensacola Beach struggle to hoist a massive shortfin mako shark back into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
‘Babe, it’s too dangerous, don’t be doing that,’ the woman filming the encounter can be heard saying.
After struggling with the monster shark for about two minutes, the men successfully flip it over and point it back towards the ocean.
One of the men in the video, told local station WKRG the shark weighed about 500 to 600 pounds.
The video was first posted last Thursday by a resident to the Pensacola Beach, Florida Locals and Visitors group on Facebook.
‘We were NOT fishing!! It just showed up while we were swimming,’ the poster said. ‘[It] just so happened to beach itself right in front of us.’
The poster wrote that she contacted lifeguards and wildlife rescue, but was told there was nothing they could do for the beached giant.
Shortfin mako sharks are inhabit nearly all of the Florida coastline, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
They are not considered a particularly aggressive species towards humans. Mako sharks have not been recorded killing any humans in the US.
Makos are known for being able to swim at high speeds and leap out of the water. They regularly swim at 25 miles per hour, and are capable of bursts of speed as fast as 40 miles per hour when leaping.
The largest mako shark ever caught in Florida weighed a total of 911 pounds, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. It was caught near Palm Beach, on the state’s Atlantic coast.
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