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Shark Catch-Record

By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email
By: AP edited by Marguerite Jordan Email

April 20
4:30pm

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ A shark catch in the Panhandle could be
one for the record books.

Four people were cobia fishing Wednesday when they spotted a
Mako shark chasing dolphins -- possibly for lunch -- near the shore
between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach.

A crew from another boat had to help catch the 12-foot, six-inch
shark that weighed one-thousand-63 pounds.

Jim Roberson with the International Game Fish Association in the
Panhandle says it's a possible world record in the 30-pound line
class for a short-fin Mako.

The current record goes to a 997-pound, 11-ounce shark caught in
Sidney, Australia, in 1995.

The largest Mako recorded in the all-tackle division was a
one-thousand-221 pounder caught in Massachusetts in 2001.

The Pensacola shark is now in a refrigerated truck and will
likely be used for research.


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