PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Scientists say a fisherman’s recent catch and release of an 11-foot-5-inch tiger shark in the Florida Panhandle has given them new insight into the behavior of the marine mammals.
The Panama City News Herald reported Monday that angler Zach Wolk’s catch has helped scientists understand how large the sharks can grow and that the sharks have locations they like to return to over their lives.
Wolk caught the tiger shark in late October while surf fishing off Cape San Blas. He measured the shark, took a photo and jotted down information from its tag before releasing back into the water.
When he went to research information from the tag, he learned that the shark had been caught 10 years earlier to the day when it was a 32-inch pup.