Tourist Matthew Burrett reeled in the 324-pound shark during a recent trip with Phatcat Charters off the coast of Wales.
(Thanks Craig Deans)
A fisherman who struggled with a 324-pound porbeagle shark off the coast of Milford Haven in Wales this week, giving the “beast” in the short to board a charter boat before he put them back in the water.
Matthew Burrett, who lives in Scotland, caught the creature during his fourth fishing trip with Phatcat Charters in the West of Wales on Tuesday. The 8-foot shark is believed to be the largest of its kind” ever spotted off the coast of Wales, according to ITV.
Charter boat captain Craig Deans made sure that he made a report on the rare find, taking multiple pictures of the shark for Burrett safely back into the sea.
“It gives a positive image about catch and release shark fishing in Britain,” Deans told Fox News on Thursday.
Captain Craig Deans snapped some pictures of the rare find for the crew threw it back in the water.
(Thanks Craig Deans)
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Porbeagle sharks can weigh up to 300 kg and grow to about 11.5 feet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA). They can live up to 65 years.
“Porbeagle sharks are moderately large, spindle-shaped sharks. They are characterized by a cylindrical body, conical head and crescent-shaped tail. A striking white patch on the lower trailing edge of the first dorsal fin is used to identify fins in trade,” the NOAA describes on her website.
“When I saw the size of it, I was pretty shocked. We did not really see how large it was, until it was brought alongside the boat.”
– Craig Deans
The deans, who has worked for the charter company for almost 15 years, said that it is the biggest porbeagle shark he has ever experienced.
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“I’ve never seen anything that big before, but I’m sure there are bigger fish out there. When I saw the size of it, I was pretty shocked. We did not really see how large it was, until it was brought alongside the boat,” Deans told ITV.
Burrett it difficult to lift the creature on the boat, his equipment repeatedly not of him. Fortunately, a big swell helped lift the heavy shark on the deck, Deans said.
And that was not the only creature Burrett caught that day.
“Together with the beast, we met 2 other porbegeals and 2 blues and not to forget a number that is not hook-up. What a fantastic start to our season!” Deans wrote in a Facebook post.
Deans stresses that the company has a strict catch and release policy, and no fish are harmed in the process.
“For everyone involved, these sharks are very well taken care of,” he added. “The boats that fish for them are specially built to make it easy to get them on board to measure then let go. It all happens very quickly and each shark is released alive.”