Just 300 yards off a Boscastle, North Cornwall, UK, two fishermen caught the largest shark ever to be hooked in UK waters yesterday. The shark fishermen were out catching tope and nursehounds for tagging when they had an unexpected bite on the line. The battle ensued for 90 mins before the behemoth shark was pulled along side the boat. Gathering photos and videos of the event, the shark has been successfully identified as a female porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus). The shark was an impressive 10ft long and an estimated 550lbs (43lbs heavier than the previous record).
What is highly commendable of these fishermen is that they released the shark after its capture…..(if only all recreational fisheries adopted this method!) The porbeagle is current protected under EU regulations due to the sharp declines in abundance of this species. Its great to see such a large potentially pregnant female being released back into the UK waters where hopefully it will make a full recovery. As a consequence of the 90 minute battle with fishermen and the exhausted state at the end of the ordeal, i wouldn’t be surprised if we see this animal in the news a few days later washed up on shore…..lets hope not though.