The owner and captain of Sudden Strike Offshore Adventure, Scott Housel has seen a lot of things as he takes customers aboard his charter fishing boat in hopes of giving them some fun on the ocean.
But he’s never seen this.
“One of my customers had a catch of a lifetime,” Housel wrote on Facebook before posting video of the catch.
Housel recalled that a great white shark had been circling the boat for about 20 minutes before one of the fishermen got the jolt of a lifetime.
“All of a sudden, he hit one of the lines and I’m not really sure if we caught him or he caught us, but we ended up going for about a two-mile ride chasing him down,” Housel told the local NBC affiliate.
The vactioners hooked the shark about 20 miles off the coast of Ponce Inlet.
“Everybody pretty much had an opportunity to kind of feel the strength,” Housel continued. “I’ve been fishing out here since 1989 and this is the seventh great white I’ve ever seen.”
“Fishing isn’t always about catching fish,” Housel said. “Sometimes it’s appreciating that big white that comes by or that big tiger shark that comes by. Sometimes it’s dolphins that come swimming by – you just never know what you’re going to see out here. Respect the ocean [and] enjoy it.”
This is the second time in a week that Great Whites have been in the news. A report out of New England said that “Beachgoers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts sprung into action when a 7-foot long Great White Shark stranded itself on the beach. Witnesses to the scene said that the shark got stuck on the sandbar after trying to catch seagulls close to the shore.
Sharks can only breathe a few minutes out of the water, so those at the beach began to douse the shark with buckets of water in order for it to survive until help could arrive. A bystander called a local official who could be trusted with dragging the shark safely back into the ocean, but those already there had to act fast until help could arrive.
In the video, you can see that the buckets of water splashed onto the creature help for it to breathe and last until it returns to the sea. It wallows and flips around in the small amount of water around it, but it is evident that its survival depends on returning back to the water as quickly as possible.
As it flops around, the shark reveals its menacing teeth that they use to tear apart their prey. Great Whites have around 300 incredibly sharp teeth that are arranged in seven rows, easily allowing them to “leave a mark” on their food (and in the boat in the 1975 horror film Jaws).
After a long period of time tossing buckets of water on the beached fish, officials arrived with a watercraft so that they could pull the Great White back into the water. A man can be seen tying a rope around the shark’s tail, with the rope being connected to the small boat just off the shore.”
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