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What is gigantic, may or may not exist, and prowls murky waters? No, we’re not talking about the Loch Ness Monster. There is a different legend to ponder in Tampa Bay. These are the waters where the fabled Old Hitler hammerhead shark supposedly dwells.
He is the T-Rex of Tampa Bay, the King Kamehameha. “He was bigger than the fishing boat!” they say. “Head as wide as a pickup truck!” Others echo. The legend of Old Hitler, mostly fueled by the fishermen who claim he devoured prize fish off their lines, has a storied past immortalized in spoken word and even song.
The local "rock 'n reel" band Scotty Lee and the Treble Hooks have a song titled “Going Shark Fishing at the Skyway Bridge Pier” about a character named Santiago, after Ernest Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea hero, that hooks Old Hitler. In the linked video above, Steve Arvey, who recently performed at The Palladium, makes a special guest appearance.