Fishermen Catch 700 Pound Mako Shark In Florida

Dustin Wicksell

Crowds gathered to watch fishermen reel in a 700 pound mako shark at a Florida pier this week, marveling as they landed the massive predator that has proven to be a boon for scientists.

Joey Polk and his cousins, who together form fishing club Team True Blue, landed the massive mako shark off Navarre Beach Fishing Pier on Thursday. The shark, which measured 10 feet, 9 inches, was a female, and 60 people helped to drag the animal from the pier's end to the shore. Once there, the shark was winched onto a flat bed tow truck and transported to Milton, where it was stored in an ice-filled cooler called a "fish coffin."

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Scientists drove 10 hours overnight in order to harvest samples from the mako shark. They removed the animal's backbone, the contents of its stomach and some of the shark's organs.

"This is a big stepping stone for them," Polk asserted.

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"There's absolutely a secret to catching this monster fish, and that's just one I'll never tell," he said. "Our team has just come together and perfected what we do. We've researched our beach, we know our sharks, we've charted our waters."

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Scientists concluded their examination on Friday, leaving Team True Blue to butcher what remained of the mako shark.

[Image via the NWF Daily News]

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