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Fisherman Furious After Great White Shark Takes Bite Out Of Prize Tuna

Fisherman Furious After Great White Shark Takes Bite Out Of Prize Tuna

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A fisherman was absolutely gutted when he saw that a Great White shark had taken a massive bite out of his prize Tuna.

David Sloan and his crewmates were battling with the powerful fish for around 90 minutes around 25 miles off the coast of Boston, US, when they felt an unusual movement on the line.

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But it was only when they finally managed to reel the big fella in that they realised it had a gnarly chunk taken out of it, which they estimate knocked $2,500 (£1,870) off its value. Ouch.

A disappointed Mr Sloan said: "During this death spiral I felt the fish turn in another direction and find enough energy to pull a small amount of line from the reel, which I've never felt before.

"The fish then turned again and came straight up towards the boat. Again, very odd behavior.

"I quickly reeled up the slack and the fish came straight up without a fight."

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The experienced fisherman records his expeditions for his YouTube channel, On The Hook TV, and captured this one in all its glory.

David Sloan was gutted after seeing the damage caused by the shark. Credit: Penn News
David Sloan was gutted after seeing the damage caused by the shark. Credit: Penn News

During the footage, one of the men can be heard shouting: "He got f***ing eaten by a f***ing shark. Oh my f***ing god."

Another then yells: "Dude, he's half gone!"

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While a third jokes: "What are we, in Australia?"

Mr Sloan is in no doubt that the shark must have been huge, and that his hunger made an equally large dent in his profits.

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He explained: "A 500 pound 'dressed' fish in great shape and condition, with great fat content could yield as much as $12,500 (£9,263) ($25 per pound).

"By those numbers, the shark bite could have cost us $2,500."

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The upset fisherman believes he has lost around $2,500. Credit: Penn News
The upset fisherman believes he has lost around $2,500. Credit: Penn News

For the 51-year-old, from Framingham, Massachusetts, it's a sad end to what should have been a glorious catch.

He said: "It takes a lot of work and money to catch giant bluefin tuna fish.

"From the boat, to fuel, to tackle and time, a lot of effort is put in. There are many days where we fish all day long and don't catch anything.

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"So when we do hook up, we have very high expectations of catching a high-paying trophy fish. We all work very hard in order to put ourselves in the best position to catch.

"So yes, we were quite disappointed."

Adding: "Personally I was in awe of what happened. Yes I was upset, but I was also impressed with the sheer size and strength of the shark that did it.

"I felt some disbelief, awe, shock and maybe a little admiration for the shark."

Featured Image Credit: Penn News

Topics: Fish, Great White, US News, Boston, shark

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Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]