Legendary hammerhead Old Hitler has been the subject of fishing folklore up and down the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico since decades.
Old Hitler is longer than most of the fishing boats its been spotted from and has a head as wide as a pickup truck depending on source provided.
The hammerhead is strong enough to drag a Jeep from the shoreline by its bumper-mouthed winch and is also big enough to swallow other sharks.
In encounters with fishermen’s machetes, harpoons and boat propellers, the massive body of the shark hammerhead is covered in scars.
Old Hitler is the biggest, meanest shark to ever roam the waters from Everglades City to Tampa Bay even though the legend has evolved over the last century, it remains constant for consideration.
Over the years, the mighty shark has been the subject of numerous newspaper headlines and documentaries. Art and songs are been immortalized with its presence. Passed down from father to son like heroic war stories, the close encounters with this mighty shark have been told around bait buckets for generations.
The Discovery Channel which is in its 27th year of celebrating the ocean’s apex predators will now telecast the fabled fish in its own prime time slot in this year’s Shark Week marathon.
The tales of massive hammerheads was not until World War II when it was considered near-mythical proportions, though the sharks have been common up and down the coast since the turn of the 20th century.