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Some of you with science-minded kids will appreciate this fish story!

1,300-pound shark caught off Huntington Beach could be record

From KTLA News
June 4, 2013, 8:35 a.m.

Talk about a monster catch.

A group of fishermen hauled in a 12-foot-long, 1,300-plus-pound shortfin mako shark Monday off the coast of Huntington Beach that KTLA reported could be a record-setting catch.

Jason Johnston from Mesquite, Texas, said his group hooked the shark about 15 miles offshore. It took more than two hours and a quarter-mile of line to reel it in, he said.

β€œIt’s unreal. This thing is definitely a killing machine,” Johnston said. β€œAny wrong step and I could have went out of the boat and to the bottom of the ocean."

The shark was being taken to a weigh yard in Gardena to be certified by a weigh master. It was expected to be donated to a research organization for study.

As his group waited to hear whether the shark was indeed a record breaker, Johnston said the fishermen planned to hit the water again Tuesday.

It's not the first big mako caught off the coast in recent months. Last summer, a group of fishermen hooked an 800-pound shark off the coast of Marina del Rey. That shark was so big, in fact, that it couldn't be hauled aboard the boat and had to be towed to the landing by the tail,0,4656579.story


Asked by Ballad at 1:03 AM on Jun. 5, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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    Here's some video footage.  The shark is huge!  It dwarfs the men who caught it.


    Answer by mrsmom110 at 1:22 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • Yikes!

    Answer by staciandababy at 1:23 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • Holy shit that was huge fish..

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 1:46 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • So sad the fish had to die. I wish it had been protected.

    Answer by frogdawg at 6:39 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • Thanks Ballad,I need to share this with my 8yo when he wakes up. :)

    Answer by liss05 at 7:40 AM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • The story said the shark would be studied.

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 7:11 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

  • People eat shark meat, don't they? So maybe the capture won't be a waste.

    Comment by Ballad (original poster) at 1:51 PM on Jun. 5, 2013

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