connectVideoFisherman reels in great white shark off Florida pier
About 10 feet of 700 pound great white shark was reeled to the shore by fishermen in Navarre Beach, Fla., this week.
A fisherman by the name of Jeremy Totally reeled in the shark Tuesday, while Thomas Thielman, who works on the pier with him in the tagging and releasing the shark back into the ocean for a shark fishing organization known as True Blue, The Walton Sun reported.
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The information will be reported to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The event was reportedly the first time a great white is brought in from the Navarre Beach Pier, according to The Walton Sun, allowing the capture of a rarity.
“It is rare, it is absolutely rare,” Thielman told the Pensacola News Journal. “We don’t get that much here. We see sightings of them, but we have never caught one. That is the first of our team has caught. We put a tag on, got all the measurements and got a safe, clean release.”
He added to The Walton Sun that the experience was “once-in-a-lifetime” and noted it left him “speechless.”
“It is rare, it is absolutely rare.”
— Thomas Thielman
Oklahoma resident Alisha Day was a visit to the area when they happen to witness the catch.
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“I thought: ‘Man, he has something big,” she said. “And all of a sudden, everyone was [like], ‘That’s a great white shark!'”
It took about an hour and a half to reel the shark in, Thielman said.