A monster shark that weighed over 800lb was caught off the coast of South California on Monday. The shark was captured off Marina del Rey. It was so big that it broke some of the boat's equipment and the on-shore scale.
According to the Marina Del Rey Patch, the shark was caught about 15 miles off the coast. It was too big for the boat, and It had to be dragged to the dock by the tail.
KTLA reports that Tony Velardex, assistant manager at the Del Rey Landing, said: "Our scales only go up to 750 pounds. It's been at least a couple of years since I've seen anything that big."
Velardex estimated the weight of the fish at 800 to 900lbs.
According to KTLA, Jose Bacallao, operations manager for the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, said the shark is believed to be a shortfin mako. The shortfin mako is recognized as one of the fastest swimmers among species of shark. A shortfin mako was once recorded swimming at 43 mph. Some specimens weigh up to 1,200 lbs. (570 kg.).
Six men were needed to haul the shark out of water onto the dock. Craig Campbell, Del Ray Landing's General Manager, told the Los Angeles Times: "The big fish are out there and coming in a little closer." He commented: "You don't even want to touch one of the teeth thinking, 'oh, it's cool, it's dead.' It will take your finger off."
Some beach-goers considered the catch good reason to abandon plans to go swimming at Marina Del Rey. Nicole Messham told NBC Los Angeles: "I wanted to go swimming in Marina Del Rey the other day, not now."
However, the shortfin mako is not known to attack humans frequently.The Daily Mail reports that the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File says only 33 shark attacks on humans have been ascribed to shortfin makos, compared to 739 attacks reported for Great Whites, Tigers and Bull sharks, with the Great White alone claiming 431.
In spite of the fact that few cases of shark attacks on humans are credited to shortfin makos, Campbell says fishermen have to watch out for them. They are capable of leaping out of water up to 20 ft. He told NBC Los Angeles: "They are mean. Mean, mean."
According to the Daily Mail, Campbell said the men who caught the shark were regular bait customers at the landing. Campbell said the men set out with the intention to catch a shark. They went out with chum buckets to attract a shark.
NBC Los Angeles reports that Campbell said most sharks brought in to the landing are donated to Los Angeles food banks. According to Campbell,"Mako is fantastic. It's very good eating." But he was uncertain what happened to the shark carcass.
Longfin and shortfin makos are not considered threatened or endangered, NBC reports. But they are listed as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.