PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Typically you have to pay to swim with the sharks, but a group of hammerheads gave some beachgoers in Pensacola a free show.
The day at the beach turned into a trip of a lifetime for three local women, reported WALA.
Lacey Faciane, Casie Thompson and Qyuston Eubanks could only watch helplessly as the sharks cruised around their float. Thompson's mother caught the whole encounter on video.
"One boater would yell shark and then the next group would yell shark, and that's just kind of how it was. And so by the time they got to us, they were right up on us," said Faciane.
The women said seven hammerhead sharks started circling them.
They made sure their kids were ashore, but they were stuck on a big yellow raft, just inches above the shark show. Thompson, in the middle, couldn't make any swift movements to escape. She said her foot was broken.
All three women had three completely different reactions to the hammerheads.
Faciane said, "Usually you have to pay for that and we didn't have to pay for that. So, yes, it was an awesome experience."
Eubanks added, "I was like 'Lord protect us! If it's time for us to go, it's time for us to go. Just protect us."
The ladies guessed some of the sharks were up to 8 feet long.
Faciane said, "They were right up on the shore. I mean we were in at least knee, waist-deep water so they were right up on shore, and they just swam around the boat, and then left."
They left behind shock, amazement and a story to tell for a long time.
"It's very rare to have a group of hammerheads just swim by you so it's kind of a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing," said Thompson.
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Video shows women circled by 7 hammerhead sharks off FL coast