Monster Hammerhead Shark: ‘Old Hitler,’ Harbormaster Legends Gets Focus on Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is foucsing on legends of a “monster hammerhead” shark–one in Florida and one nearby in the Bahamas

“I actually seen him; he was huge,” a local in Florida said of the mythical shark. “He could have swallowed me whole.”

The Discovery Team attempted to tag one of the sharks to see if a shark could migrate between Florida and the Bahamas.

The show starts at 10 p.m. ET.

According to WFLA, the “monster” hammerhead shark–named “Old Hitler”–has been rumored to exist for the past 60 years or so.

“The legend goes that Old Hitler lives in the Gulf waters, somewhere between Boca Grande Pass and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at the base of the Tampa Bay. Reports have shown this monster shark was also supposedly seen in south Florida, too,” the station says.

The largest hammerhead shark ever caught was in Boca Grande, Fla., and was 14.5 feet long and weighed 1,280 pounds.

The average hammerhead shark lives about 20 to 30 years.

“For the past 60 years reports of a monster hammerhead clocking in at over 20 feet long have circulated throughout Florida,” Discovery Channel said of the show. “Now, a team of scientists and anglers explore the waters of the worlds largest hammerheads to see if these stories could be true.”

The Shark Week night of programming will wrap up with Shark After Dark LIVE, where host Josh Wolf will chat with guests including Matt Walsh, Danny Trejo, and Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman from “Fast N’ Loud.”

AP update:

Discovery 2Q profit rises 26 percent 

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) on Thursday reported profit that increased by 26 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts’ expectations.

The Silver Spring, Maryland-based company said profit increased to $379 million, or $1.09 per share, from $300 million, or 82 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were $1.16 per share. The average per-share estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for profit of 93 cents.

The operator of cable TV channels such as TLC and Animal Planet said revenue climbed 9.7 percent to $1.61 billion from $1.47 billion in the same quarter a year ago, and beat Wall Street forecasts. Analysts expected $1.59 billion, according to Zacks.

Discovery Communications shares have decreased $6.71, or 7.4 percent, to $83.71 since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 6.6 percent. However, the stock has increased $3.99, or 5 percent, in the last 12 months.