Huge Great White shark caught off SC coast

2500-lb Great White shark caught in SC
Courtesy Outcast Sport Fishing

HILTON HEAD, SC (WFLA) – A charter boat captain is getting a lot of attention after posting pictures of a 2,500 pound Great White Shark caught off Hilton Head Island.

According to the Captain Chip Michalove of Outcast Sport Fishing the shark was hooked just before 3pm Wednesday.

“It was like a submarine with a tail on it, is what it was,” Captain Michaelove recounted.

After four hours of battling the shark, it was finally pulled near the boat.

“It just took off like a train, and the biggest shark I have ever seen jumps out of the water, completely out of the water straight up, my customer standing on the other side just about had a heart attack, then we got the anchor in and just started chasing, and we were off. We were chasing all over the ocean … I think it went on for over four hours.”

The two men called for backup after a few hours as they became exhausted trying to reel in the massive shark. Once they brought it to the boat, it was so dark outside they had their use cell phones to get the hook out of the shark’s mouth.

 

The fishermen named the shark “Wildcat”and were able to place a tag near the shark’s dorsal fin. They also took DNA samples.

“I tell everybody this thing could bring down an airplane, and it just about did yesterday.”

After tagging the shark, the crew released her back to the South Carolina waters, healthy and alive.

Source: WJCL. WCMH Contributed to this report 

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