Fisherman catches 'largest ever shark' off British coast (video)



A fisherman has reeled in a huge 8ft shark weighing around 450lbs - just off the coast of Devon.

Graeme Pullen and his friend Wayne Comben were fishing for pollock when they caught a lot more than they bargained for, just a mile from a popular holiday beach.

Graeme, from Hook, Hants, said they were just off the north Devon coast when he caught the shark about two and a half hours into his pollock-fishing trip. And the porbeagle, a relative of the great white, had his 17ft boat spinning in circles.

Speaking to the Mirror, he said: "I could feel something chewing on the bait and as it moved off I could feel it was a lot heavier than a pollock.

"It was so big that it was spinning the boat around in circles. When it clearly got tired and it was safe to bring it alongside I brought it in.

"It was an enormous shark and when he swung his head from side to side his jaws opened right up showing his razor sharp teeth.

"Porbeagles don't attack humans but you can have a nasty accident with them like you can a chainsaw and it can give a hell of a bite."

Graeme was able to legally tag the shark before releasing it.

According to The Sun, it is believed to be the largest shark single-handedly caught in British waters.

Back in 2012, two fishermen reeled in a 10ft shark off the coast of Cornwall.

The porbeagle is a species of mackerel shark, distributed widely in the cold and temperate marine waters of the North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere.

Commercial fishing and a low reproductive rate have led The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to assess the porbeagle as Vulnerable worldwide, and as either Endangered or Critically Endangered in different parts of its northern range.

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