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Massive shark caught off California coast

By T.K. Randall
June 6, 2013 · Comment icon 47 comments



Image Credit: sharkdiver.com
A huge shortfin mako shark caught in Southern California looks like it could be a world record breaker.
Fisherman Jason Johnston and colleagues encountered the shark around 15 miles offshore after chartering a boat out of Huntington Beach. The enormous shortfin mako measured 11ft in length, 8ft in girth and weighed over 1,300 pounds. It took more than two hours to reel it in.

To confirm the weight of the catch, the shark will be sent to a weigh yard in Gardena after which it will be donated to a research organization for study.
A group of fishermen may have broken a world record with a huge shark caught off the coast of Huntington Beach.


Source: ktla.com | Comments (47)




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Comment icon #38 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
Myles its all part of the oceans food chain. The majority of people are horrified when they here about a lion being hunted, and people dont say well at least a few antelope or a couple of zebras will be safe now. What im trying to say is predetors are there for a reason to keep natures unique and delicate balance from collapsing. Yes indeed, but we have become part of the ecosystem now. Some bugs have evolved to eat substances that do not even exist in nature.
Comment icon #39 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
I will never really understand the love of fishing or posing(with big smiles)next to dead animals. I used to go out fishing and crabbing when I was younger but when I was about 12 I felt sorry for them. I threw my handline in and felt a bite and pulled up what looked like fish guts. It probably wasn't but it made me feel like the fish had swallowed the hook and I had pulled the insides of the fish out. So I thought the fish was now dying in the ocean where just a moment before it was happy swimming around. So I felt very bad and sorry for the fish and I never really fished again after that. An... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
Nice try ,but no . I am afraid I beg to differ. I used to fish when I was young . Fishing clamming crabbing .Did em all .even shucked clams,all before I was even 12 .My uncle owned a boat and a place on the water in Amityville. Spooky, where the famous haunted house be. What you are describing is absolutely nothing like Deep Sea Fishing is it? Have you ever been outside on a boat? I know how you look when fishing ,so nice try ,but not realistic at all . This is extreme fishing. Chicks in bikinis and perfect hair ,who are posed with just caught huge fish,didn't do the fishing. . I do not agree,... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
What fisherman ever targeted a specific fish they caught? I know of no such case, unless they're catching fish intending to break world records. It's all Vic Hyslop does.
Comment icon #42 Posted by psyche101 10 years ago
Sheesh, I don't look at this thread in a few days and psyche101 & Simbi Laveau go into a feeding frenzy on each other. Wow. I'm sure glad that I don't own a boat or a fancy car... I might find this thread offensive. Nah, no need to get offended. I explained that bit. The girls just have the wrong impression there. Simbi has her heart in the right place, but I think activists give out the wrong impression too often, and as a result, bad advice. We do have to protect the earth and the Oceans, but we should do it properly, not make mountains out of thes molehill's that pop up from time to tim... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by praetorian-legio XIII 10 years ago
What fisherman ever targeted a specific fish they caught? I know of no such case, unless they're catching fish intending to break world records. What? Really? You don't think they plan on depth, bait, rig style to target a specific fish. Salmon, red snapper, tuna, cobia. I must assume you don't fish much. Sure once in a while you snag an unexpected shark but that doesn't mean you are nopt targeting fish. Cobia for instance travels near the surface so you use eel and actually cast it just ahead of the fish (we call it cobia wrangling) while when snapper fishing you send your bait straight to th... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by Yamato 10 years ago
What? Really? You don't think they plan on depth, bait, rig style to target a specific fish. Salmon, red snapper, tuna, cobia. I must assume you don't fish much. Sure once in a while you snag an unexpected shark but that doesn't mean you are nopt targeting fish. Cobia for instance travels near the surface so you use eel and actually cast it just ahead of the fish (we call it cobia wrangling) while when snapper fishing you send your bait straight to the bottom. Maybe you should come down to the Gulf Coast and try a little off-shore fishing before spouting off what fisherman do. No, that's not w... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by praetorian-legio XIII 10 years ago
No, that's not what I meant. The day I went deep-sea fishing once as a child we were hoping to catch Red Snapper. The woman next to me who kept dredging up sea monsters and shrieking bloody murder for it understood that well enough. I meant I don't think they ever look down at a Salmon, Red Snapper, Tuna, Cobia etc and think "Nope, that's not the individual fish I was looking for. " I think the problem in our understanding here then, if not deliberate, must be rhetorical, i.e. we don't differentiate a fish from fish because we're indoctrinated by practice, history, culture, utility and whateve... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by Yamato 10 years ago
It's estimated that humans kill 100 million sharks each year, 11,400 per hour. Seven fatal shark attacks on humans globally in all of 2012 and that's what gets the press. http://news.discovery.com/earth/oceans/100-million-sharks-killed-annually-130305.htm
Comment icon #47 Posted by Kazahel 10 years ago
Did you ever have to eat what you caught or go hungry? I do not think the picture is disgusting, it look rather good quality and quite clear. I never ate what my father caught. I probably had beans on toast or something like that. I've never really been into sea food, I started eating salmon a year or so ago because I wanted lean high protein meat but that's the only reason. Now I'm mainly eating kangaroo. But yes I wouldn't kill the kangaroo myself because I wouldn't have the heart to do it. So I know it might be odd that I still eat the meat. I gives thanks to the spirit of the Kangaroo(and ... [More]


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