Australian Fishermen Break Unofficial World record
Two Australian fisherman have managed to reel in a 3.85 metre great hammerhead shark and this could represent a world record.
90 Minute Battle
Jamie Dennis and Mitchell Palmer took a fishing trip off a Geraldton beach near Perth, Western Australia, and then found themselves engaging in a 90-minute battle with the shark. The pair believe that they have broken the world record with the enormous predator which they released after photographs were taken. One of these images shows Mr Dennis prying open the shark’s mouth to reveal its rather intimidating set of teeth.
After the fish had been measured, the duo released the fish and then followed it for some time in a kayak until it disappeared into deep water. If you had angered a large shark by catching it, would you then follow it out to sea in a small boat?
What was used to capture the shark?
Dennis and Palmer say that the only bait they used was a fresh mullet which they had bought in a supermarket. The shark took the bait after it had been in the water for only ten minutes. The battle then ensued and this left Mr Dennis, a 25-year-old construction worker, completely wiped out.
The shark was caught on a 65lb line and could be an unofficial world record for line class weight. Unfortunately, the record can’t be ratified because the fish’s girth was not measured.
A Florida fisherman named Josh Emerson currently holds the official record in 130lb line class. He caught a 3.68 metre great hammerhead, according to the International Land Based Shark Fishing Association. With a girth measuring 1.8 metres, the fish had an estimated weight of 343.8 kg. Now that is some catch!
The Australian fishermen were delighted with their achievement and received a great deal of media coverage but environmentalists were not so pleased. Hammerheads are among the most endangered shark species in the world and their numbers have fallen by up to 80 per cent in the last 30 years due to human activity. The sharks tend not to fare well after being captured because of the surge of lactic acid in their muscles. More than half of captured sharks are thought to die following their release.