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Man Walking Along The Beach Finds Strangest Things Washing Up On Shore

They were just little babies.

A man was walking along the shoreline in Honolulu, Hawaii, when he spotted something piled up on the shore.

As Samuel Etrata got closer, he realized that the pile was composed of small silvery bodies with distinctive heads — they were baby hammerhead sharks. And there were dozens of them, all dead. 

Dozens of dead baby hammerhead sharks found dumped in Hawaii lagoon

“At least a hundred," Etrata told KITV, "but I believe that when the tide came in and went back out some went in the water ... ​It's sad.”

Hammerhead sharks are an endangered species — and the Ke'ehi Lagoon, where these babies (known as "pups") were found, is typically a place where hammerheads come to give birth. And it's currently pupping season.

Adult hammerhead shark swimming in a school of fish
Adult hammerhead shark swimming in a school of fish | Shutterstock

The state's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is investigating the incident. People believe the pups were caught in a gillnet, a controversial kind of net fishermen use to catch large quantities of fish, and then dumped.

“I'm sick to my stomach about what's happened today," Hawaii State Senator Mike Gabbard, who has been trying to get tougher laws passed to save animals from incidents like these, told KHON on Tuesday. 

It's illegal to catch these endangered sharks β€” whoever did could be fined $500 per shark. 

Unlike some sharks, hammerhead shark mothers do not lay eggs, but give birth to live pups. They search for places like the Ke'ehi Lagoon that seem safe enough for their babies to learn how to live on their own.

Sadly, because of gillnets, it seems this pupping area isn't the safe spot it once was. 

Anyone with information that could help the investigation into the deaths of these hammerhead pups is asked to call the DLNR at 808-643-DLNR. To help protect sharks you can also make a donation to the Shark Trust