20 ft, 2000lb. Great white caught as bycatch in the Sea of Cortez.
When two fishermen off the coast of Mexico pulled up a nearly 2,000 pound, 20 foot long shark they were at first amazed. That quickly turned to, “what are we going to do?”
Grind TV reports the pair were fishing in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez on Sunday when they netted the giant, dead great white shark. Before they saw the beast, they had thought they were bringing up a great load of smaller fish. Not so. Grind TV has more on their thoughts and what they had to do next:
“We were amazed and immediately realized that we had a huge, dead, great white shark, and then we thought what are we going to do?,” Guadalupe, one of the fishermen, said in an interview with Pisces Sportfishing, which is located in the Baja California resort city of Cabo San Lucas. The other fisherman was named Baltazar.
The fishermen, whose skiff measures 22 feet and is powered by a 75-horsepower outboard, required an hour to tow the carcass two miles to the coast. About 50 people helped drag the behemoth onto dry sand. Milenio News reported the length of the fish to be six meters, or 19.8 feet.
From there Grind TV reports Pisces stating it is unclear what happened to the shark. Scientists were seeking out the giant in the hopes of obtaining samples.