Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Is This An Incredible Shark or What?

The following took place at Ucluelet on the west side of Vancouver Island, Canada:

While the ocean vessel 'Dawn Raider' was commercial fishing for dogfish, this Great White was hooked in the mouth but only resisted slightly for 15 minutes before it came up alongside the boat to have a look; long enough for one of the crew members to slip a rope around it's tail !!!
'And that's when the s**t hit the fan!!'
The Shark took off towing the 42 foot fishing boat backwards through the water at about 7 Knots. Just like in JAWS, the boat was taking on water over the stern and the crew watched in horror as the shark would actually jump completely out of the water at times. This went on for an hour before the shark finally drowned.

She weighed in at 1035 LBS. It is suspected she followed a weak El Nino Current into local waters in search of food.  This took place on November 29th, 2006 and we want to thank David Flores for sending us the photos.

Although mid 60 degree  water is considered ideal for these sharks, the larger ones can tolerate water in the low 50s- according to the person that posted this story.

Actually Great White sharks are found in Baja with Isla Guadalupe being one of the best spots to observe these magnificent creatures.

1 comment:

Richie Schlesinger said...

Great whites are protected in the US. While seeing about four in my 35 years of fishing I think a 620 lb. Mako caught on a 50 reel is not bad. Richie Schlesinger