Did you see it? Shark spotted in Ocean City

A hammerhead shark was spotted close to the shore in Ocean City for a second straight day on Thursday. 

Biologists are evaluating the condition of the shark, which is injured and has rammed boats, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police. It is believed to be about 300 pounds and eight feet long.

The shark moved to the bay Thursday afternoon, probably to give birth, officials said. It appeared to be recovering on its own.

"Hammerheads normally wouldn't bother people," said Sonja Fordham of Shark Advocates International. "It would be extremely rare, but you shouldn't go up and investigate it more closely."

Photographer Nick Denny was snapping pictures for a wedding around 6 p.m. Wednesday when lifeguards cleared swimmers from the ocean. He took a photo of the shark in the water near 36th Street.

"I spend more time in the ocean than on land in the summer. I've seen tons of sharks, but never a hammerhead that close," said Denny.

He said the shark was about 20 yards off the beach. Meanwhile, Instagram user @espice posted video of the shark much closer to the beach near 52nd Street.

Lifeguards allowed swimmers back into the ocean once the shark moved out of the area.

"I've been here 43 years and we've never had a shark incident," said Capt. Butch Arbin of the Ocean City Beach Patrol. "Even people who saw the shark go by are back in the water enjoying themselves."


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