Video: Marine catches great white shark at the beach in California

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A US marine has become the first person ever to catch a great white shark while fishing at the beach.

Keen angler Jeff Fangman was fishing off the coast of Camp Pendleton, California, when he hooked the nine-and-a-half foot animal.

It took Mr Fangman 25 minutes to reel in the shark while his wife filmed the scene.

Great white sharks are protected by conservation laws in California, so the shark was released back into the water.

The Denver Channel reports that Fangman had just moved to the area from the Gulf Coast, where he had caught bull sharks, tiger sharks and lemon sharks - but never a great white.

According to the Independent, he said: "The line just started rolling off the reel. Lo and behold, it ended up being a great white.

"Seeing it in the water was just ... it was almost mind blowing. It's taken several weeks to get the whole ordeal to sink in."


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