Gigantic 21-Stone Shark Caught By Fisherman Off The Coast Of Britain
Forty-one-year-old Adam Carter managed to catch the eight-foot-long shark after a lengthy battle.
It took him an hour and 45 minutes to pull the 21-stone porbeagle - a relative of the fearsome great white - aboard his boat, which was about seven miles off shore.
On the same fishing trip, his mate Matt Mizen also managed to drag in a 14-stone monster.
The sharks are becoming more common in waters around the UK due to a ban on commercial fishing for sharks in European waters.
Adam, who works as a plasterer, said: "Shark fishing is the best I have known it in terms of the number and sheer size of them.
"Now they are not being commercially fished for, we are seeing more and more of them off Dorset."
Speaking about his battle with the beast, he added: "It took almost two hours to reel her in. She started off quite tame but I don't think she realised what was going on.
"Then after 10 minutes she started to play hard and we struggled to hold it. For an hour and 45 minutes she was spinning the boat with runs over 200 metres."
After the battle was won, the fishermen measured their catch, removed the hook from the shark's mouth, and released it back into the wild.
As well as the blue shark, the porbeagle is the most commonly spotted shark in UK waters.
On top of population numbers being swelled by the European ban on commercial fishing, scientists reckon that warming waters are seeing more sharks heading up north.
That means that if the seas continue to get warmer - as they will if climate change isn't reversed or stopped - we'll start to see more and more sharks heading into the relatively cool waters around Great Britain's shores.
While it's not ideal news, that does mean that shark fisherman are in for a treat. Adam, who lives in Weymouth and runs a part-time shark fishing company, captured this particular monster shark off the coast of Portland, Dorset.
Although they are related to the supposedly terrifying great white shark, porbeagles aren't considered to be any threat to human life.
There have only ever been three recorded attacks on humans, of which none have been fatal. For the most part, they seem to like minding their own business.
That's until they're heaved out of the surf on a fishing rod, anyhow.
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