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Claim: Photographs show a half-ton shark caught in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: The photographs displayed above and the caption identifying them as photos of a half-ton shark taken during a "Shark Catch in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia" are indeed real.
The female mako shark pictured here was hooked in
In a scene reminiscent of "Jaws," the fish tugged the boat sideways [and] surged to the surface near the bow, a mako with a broad head and rows of razor teeth, chewing through steel leader.The shark was officially measured at
Doucette reeled it in and other anglers wrapped it in ropes as the shark chewed through the knots. One loop circled its torso, the other the tail; one man leaned over the boat and slit its throat as Jaws thrashed for something to bite. It died 20 minutes later.
I felt bad that we caught her at the prime of her reproductive cycle. When they get to be this massive they call them queens of the sea. I would have let her go if I had been by myself, but it's different when you have four or five other guys on the boat. You've got to win.As chronicled at the Magazine Yarmouth web site, other versions of the capture of the shark shown in these photographs have placed the shark catch in a variety of locales, such as Port Albion, Ucluelet, and Barkley Sound (British Columbia), Galveston (Texas), Ocean Shores (Washington), and Chesapeake Bay (Annapolis, Maryland):
While the ocean vessel 'Dawn Raider' was commercial fishing for dogfish, this Great White was hooked in the mouth but only resisted slightly forLast updated: 12 March 2008
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. Although mid 60 degree water is considered ideal for these sharks, the larger ones can tolerate water in the low 50s.
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