Watch A Fearless Dog Dive In Head-First And Challenge A Massive Hammerhead Shark

Written by Angie Menjivar
Updated: October 23, 2023
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Key Points

  • The video below starts with a gorgeous view of clear, serene blue waters. Beneath the surface is a massive hammerhead shark.
  • The dog manages to land right on top of the hammerhead shark and the screams from the spectators in the background are of both surprise and horror at the thought of what they might witness.
  • The pup eventually makes its way back onto the rocks after enjoying a nice dip with what apparently turned out to be a rather docile hammerhead shark.

Dogs certainly have a mind of their own and when there isn’t a human limiting their actions, they can get quite adventurous. That was the case for the dog in the clip at the bottom of the page — it spotted an opportunity to meet a new friend in the water and it went for it!

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Watch this pup bravely decide to go for a swim with a hammerhead shark!

Are Hammerhead Sharks Aggressive?

Hammerhead Shark swimming with other fish

It’s easy to make out the shape of a hammerhead shark, even underwater.

©Gary J. Wood from Toronto, ON, Canada, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons – License

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Hammerhead sharks are active hunters that display aggression toward their prey, which includes crustaceans, fish, eel, and octopuses. These sharks don’t prey on humans, so they don’t go after them, but they are quite defensive and don’t hesitate to show that same level of aggression if they are provoked. There are some reports of hammerhead sharks attacking humans unprovoked, though these instances are rare. Their size alone is intimidating enough (up to 20 feet long!), so humans typically stay away. Dogs don’t typically make their way out toward hammerhead shark-infested waters, so it’s unusual for these two animal species to meet.

What Types Of Dogs Are Good Swimmers?

Canadian Labrador Retriever, or St. John's Water Dog
Several dogs make excellent swimmers, like the labrador retriever (shown above) and poodles.

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There are several different dog breeds that make excellent swimmers. The standard poodle is one of those dogs alongside Newfoundlands, Chesapeake Bay retrievers, and Labrador retrievers. Some breed names are dead giveaways, like the Irish water spaniel and the Portuguese water dog. Although many dogs can swim, even if only in a shallow pool, for some pups, water presents a serious danger. Some examples of dogs that require a floating device or should be kept from water sources completely include pugs, corgis, dachshunds, and shih tzus.

Hammerhead Shark: Friend Or Foe?

Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead sharks are not known to be overly aggressive but should still be avoided.

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The video below starts with a gorgeous view of clear, serene blue waters. Beneath the surface is a massive hammerhead shark. Its distinctive shape makes it easy to spot and you can hear spectators marveling at its size. The clip was taken in Exuma, Bahamas and it captures a scary moment. The next scene cuts to a broader view of the same gorgeous water and a dog on a deck just above it. The dog jumps from the deck onto some rocks below and straight into the water for a nice swim.

The dog manages to land right on top of the hammerhead shark and the screams from the spectators in the background are of both surprise and horror at the thought of what they might witness. Much to their relief, the dog simply enjoys a swim with the hammerhead shark, following it around the water. The pup eventually makes its way back onto the rocks after enjoying a nice dip with what apparently turned out to be a rather docile hammerhead shark. Once the dog is back on dry land, the spectators erupt in applause and cheers.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Martin Prochazkacz/Shutterstock.com


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About the Author

Angie Menjivar is a writer at A-Z-Animals primarily covering pets, wildlife, and the human spirit. She has 14 years of experience, holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology, and continues her studies into human behavior, working as a copywriter in the mental health space. She resides in North Carolina, where she's fallen in love with thunderstorms and uses them as an excuse to get extra cuddles from her three cats.

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