A 1,500lb shark, believed to be the largest caught in Europe, was caught by a fisherman off the coast of Ireland.
Ben Bond, 26, spent an hour and a half struggling with the 25ft long sixgill shark on Thursday.
The slippery carnivore was too large to heave onto the 40ft fishing boat, but Mr Bond and his skipper Luke Aston managed to bring it alongside their vessel, according to the Daily Mirror.
Ben, from Somerset, said: ‘It was absolutely massive.
‘When it first took my bait it felt like a very heavy weight. I thought it would be really hard to lift it off the bottom but the real fight was when it was in mid-water.
‘After about 75 minutes I saw it near the surface and my eyes nearly popped out.
‘Its tail was at one end of the boat and its head was over halfway up the boat.
‘It had a big set of jaws.’
Mr Aston used a formula involving the animal’s length and two metre girth to calculate its weight.
Ben was on a three day fishing trip to Carrigaholt, in County Clare, Ireland, when he made the catch.
With a minimum weight of 1,500lbs – 107st – it is the biggest shark ever caught in Europe.
The sixgill shark spends much of its time in deep water and as a result has little interaction with humans, with only one reported attack in 500 years.
Ben said: ‘There have been very few attacks on humans by sixgill sharks but that’s mainly because of how deep they live. I wouldn’t have wanted to go into the water with it.
‘I was knackered afterwards and had to have a sit down.
‘I am still buzzing now and very proud that I have caught one of the biggest, if not the biggest sharks in Europe.’
Sadly, Ben’s catch will not be classed as an official record, because he did not kill it to be weighed on land.
However, he said he wasn’t prepared to kill the shark, because sixgills are a threatened species.
Instead he released the animal safe and well
or Ben’s catch to be classed as an official record he would have had to have killed it so it could be weighed on land.
He said he wasn’t prepared to do that, not least because sixgill sharks are a threatened species.
Instead he safely released the animal and made it back to port in time to celebrate with a pint of beer.
Cheers to that.