Sunday, 20 April 2014

Fury over great white shark haul

April 12 2014 at 02:49pm 
By MURRAY WILLIAMS

Cape Town - A shark catch that has possibly set a new world angling record has left a shark tourism operator furious, promising to enlist the government’s help to stop the illegal fishing of sharks.

Two UK-based media houses, Birmingham Mail and the Express, have published accounts of how a Birmingham angler caught a 6m, two-ton great white shark off Cape Agulhas on March 25.

In the Express, Andy Hales, 55, recounted “wrestling with it for two hours”.

“You could see these razor-sharp teeth that were about the size of my head,” Hales told the Express.

“I knew one slip and I could have got pulled in – I was hanging on for dear life.”

The Express reported that the shark had “towed” their vessel for more than two nautical miles, which tired it out. It was “finally brought under control, but it was too big for the single-engine-propelled vessel to take on board”.

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