The 1,200lb fish that didn't get away
Friday 22 July 2005
Fishermen have caught a 1,191lb (540kg) tiger shark off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, as part of a shark-fishing derby.
The shark - which reportedly had a large turtle still intact in its stomach - has been donated for research.
Damon Secco, the captain of the Castafari, who caught the shark, said: "It was the biggest fish that I've ever seen next to my boat."
Despite its size it did not win the derby because the boat missed the competition deadline by six minutes. The delay came because it had taken two hours to reel in the behemoth, which was caught using squid as bait.
It also missed out on the world record for a tiger shark, which is 1,780lbs. That fish was caught off the South Carolina coast in 1964. Tiger sharks can grow up to 18 feet (6m) in length, and are found in tropical and subtropical waters.
The tournament on Martha's Vineyard, now in its 19th year, is a two-day event in which contestants vie for more than $200,000 (£114,000) in prizes. However, some have questioned the level of the slaughter it involves.
But Greg Skomal, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries biologist who studies every shark that is brought in to be weighed, says the weekend is more about science than slaughter.
"Whether or not it is okay to kill sharks for sport, that's a philosophical discussion," he said. "And as far as the conservation aspect is concerned, this event would not be held if the sharks were in any trouble."
Kielder Forest considered as site for return of wild lynx to the UK after 1,300 year absence
Frilled shark: Australian fishermen capture terrifying shark from the deep
Humanity's 'inexorable' population growth is so rapid that even a global catastrophe would not stop it
Melting ice could cause gravity shift
Have you heard 'the hum'? Mystery of Earth's low droning noise could now be solved
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Domestic Service Only Engineers are requ...
£23600 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Employability Service withi...