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Woman in Texas catches 8-foot ‘dream’ tiger shark, wild view photos

Tomlinson said she “finally caught my tiger shark, I have dreamed.”

(South Texas Fishing Association)

A woman came in her “dream”, tiger shark off the coast of Corpus Christi, Texas over the weekend, the South Texas Fishing Association announced Monday.

Sierra Tomlinson pulled the 8-foot 3-inch male tiger shark on Saturday night, she told Fox News.

“Congratulations to Sierra Tomlinson on landing her dream shark,” the association said in a statement on Facebook, adding the shark was “safely released” after photos and measurements were taken.

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“I just wanted to cry. I was so surprised — it is a beautiful animal and it was really cool to see one in person,” Tomlinson told Fox Wednesday about her comment, adding it took her about 30 minutes to reel in the creature.

The shark was a little more than 8 feet long.

(South Texas Fishing Association)

Tomlinson, who catches and releases sharks with her husband on a voluntary basis for the Marine Biology Department at Texas A&M University, said she enjoys the representation of women in a strongly male-dominated sport.

“You rarely see women fishing for large sharks,” she said, “It is really cool to see more women do more with the fish.”

The news comes after scientists from the University of California, Irvine and Florida International University announced earlier this month they have found that, in the first omnivorous species of sharks.

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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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