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Massive 1,000-pound, 14-foot Hammerhead Shark Landed Off Florida Coast; 'I Can't Believe It'
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SINGER ISLAND, Florida -- A massive 1,000-pound, 14-foot hammerhead shark was caught by a Florida fisherman Wednesday afternoon in shallow water.

Fritz Van Der Grift was fishing off of Singer Island in Palm Beach County when he snagged the shark, which he says he never intended to kill. He just wanted to get its picture, but the shark died during the struggle.

"I saw that huge shadow, and I was like, 'I can't believe it,'" Van Der Grifd said. "So, I just grabbed the reel and started reeling."

It may not be the biggest ever caught -- the current record is 1,280 pounds -- but it impressed the crowd on the island.

The shark's organs will be flown to a San Diego laboratory for research. Biologists say they plan to get six or seven different studies from the animal, preventing the shark's remains from going to waste.

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So sad that such an old shark had to die for just a picture. I'm glad the organs will be studied.
   comment# 1   - Kat · USA · Mar 6, 2008 @ 6:47pm

This makes me so sad. How pathetic one must be to have to kill something to give themselves a feeling of accomplishment, and to kill something rare and majestic at that. I'm ashamed to be from Florida.
   comment# 2   - Angel · Pensacola, FL · Mar 6, 2008 @ 7:31pm

Go diving if you just want to take a picture. But then you don't have the guts to do that.
   comment# 3   - Sharkie · Somewhere · Mar 6, 2008 @ 7:46pm

I appreciate that this angler say's he didn't intend to kill this shark but isn't it time we made this type of activity illegal? Once again this large shark is probably a female and may well be pregnant. How on earth are we going to convince people that sharks now need our protection if the media keep showing photos like this?
   comment# 4   - Blueplanet · London · Mar 7, 2008 @ 3:36am

if he didn't intend to kill the shark couldn't he have cut the line??
   comment# 5   - padidiver · falmouth · Mar 7, 2008 @ 5:26am

Unbelievably sad that such a gorgeous creature had to die for just a picture. The fisherman's excuse that there was no intention to kill the shark is of absolutely no relevance. He killed it and no doubt boasted of his exploits to anyone who would listen.
   comment# 6   - John Dewry · Alabama · Mar 7, 2008 @ 5:35am

Such an ugly creature caught in shallow water.It could have eaten a child, or an adult. There should be a bounty for sharks caught near beaches to help protect the public from sharks!
   comment# 7   - Monte Petersen · Greenwich, Ct · Mar 7, 2008 @ 6:14am

Monte- 'to protect the public from sharks'- you obviously know nothing about hammerheads- which have NEVER been identified as responsible for a human fatality (and lets be honest you can’t mix them up with other sharks). 100 million sharks are killed every year by humans, predominately for shark fin soup- where the actual shark fin only acts as a thickening agent. Most sharks have their fins sliced off and are chucked back in the sea to drown or bleed to death. Sharks only kill around 4-5 people a year, less than both elephants or bees! Sharks have been on your planet for millions of years and help control marine food webs. Research from the Caribbean has shown removing sharks, leads to cascade effect on the foodchain, resulting in increased algae growth which smothers coral reefs. So next time don’t be so shallow minded before making a stupid and completely unfounded comment like that. A specimen so large and old has huge important to a species which has declined by over 98% in recent years, and has just been added to the endangered list. You obsiously do not understand these creatures, and have never been in the water with them. SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING TO OUR OCEANS, AND TRY AND HELP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.
   comment# 8   - Janina · London, UK · Mar 7, 2008 @ 8:09am

The angler is an less than intelligent person. Large Hammerheads are EXTREMELY vulnerable to dying whenever they are hooked. If someone hooks a large shark they should immediately cut the line.
   comment# 9   - Jason · Louisville · Mar 7, 2008 @ 9:19am

What is all the fuzz about a shark could/is killing a human and therefore should be hunted? On average there are 12-15 people dying each ear through dog bites, 91 people died in 2004 by riding an animal or being a passenger in an animal-drawn vehicle, 14 from venomous spiders, 11,624 from assault by firearm, 52 by legal execution. Where exactly lies the issues with sharks? Keep it real.
   comment# 10   - BountyHunter · Anywhere, US · Mar 7, 2008 @ 11:26am

The more of these we have out of water, the safer the water is for us! Great Catch!
   comment# 11   - Al · SF,CA · Mar 7, 2008 @ 11:41am

hopefully someone doesn't catch the fisherman some day for a picture, and just kills him in the process. that would not be good. hopefully we can all learn from the mistakes we and others have made in the past. let's preserve our oceans and life that lives in it before it's too late.
   comment# 12   - scubadog · kansas · Mar 7, 2008 @ 12:34pm

Monte Hammerhead sharks do not attack people and if you go swimming in the ocean there is the chance that you could have a run in with a shark.Sharks kill and average 4 people a year when we kill 1,000,000 sharks a year for nothing.We keep taking the top predators out of the ocean and we will kill the ocean like we kill everthing else...Smarten up
   comment# 13   - Mario Mastrostefano · Rhode Island · Mar 7, 2008 @ 1:33pm

Regarding the previous comment, what does it say about us that we should feel the need to destroy an entire order of creatures just so that we can play in the water. That sharks should be killed so we can have fun, that is a truly sad belief.
   comment# 14   - Angel · Pensacola, FL · Mar 7, 2008 @ 1:36pm

I believe that he had ever intent to kill that shark. If he didn't mean to, then he would have cut that line, or just taken the photo while the shark was swimming around.
   comment# 15   - Benny · Richmond, USA · Mar 7, 2008 @ 3:49pm

That was a great catch!!Don't feel bad for the shark.It was his time to go.If the shark deserved to live it wouldn't have fallen for the supposedly stupid anglers bait.I'm sure the shark didn't feel bad after all the kills it made in its long life.
   comment# 16   - Dave · Chicago,IL · Mar 7, 2008 @ 6:01pm

Its Sad to think he did not cut a few steaks for the grill! Great catch, keep fishing. And for all of the stupid tree huggers go find something better to cry about!
   comment# 17   - Diverjohn · Magnolia, Texas · Mar 7, 2008 @ 7:53pm

People's brains are much smaller than the bait at hand. I guess "EGO" is running higher than ever. Maybe the justice system will grow some and protect these wonderful creatures that have been here since the beginning of time. Perhaps we should allow one of them ( the fisherman ) to be used as bait for the next outing. I'd cast a line in a heart beat.
   comment# 18   - John · Miami Fla · Mar 8, 2008 @ 6:35am

Good point John... Dave and Diverjohn are morons. End of story.
   comment# 19   - Mike · Syosset, New York · Mar 8, 2008 @ 9:53am

The fisherman wrestled the shark and killed it. His intention is clear. He wanted the shark as a trophy, taking a picture was the explanation he gave to the press so he wouldn't sound like a ego-mongering killer that he is. I would have more respect for him had he just admitted to his intent, but instead he decided to lie instead. He is a wuss. Next time I want to take a picture of the fisherman who "pictured" this shark I might "accidentally" kill him in the process. Fair?
   comment# 20   - Mark Hammer · Sacramento, CA · Mar 8, 2008 @ 11:59am

Editor's Note: I pulled this from today's Sun Sentinel (,0,7058687.column) Huge hammerhead Capt. Greg Bogdan had a bittersweet catch this past week. Bogdan, who fishes out of Lake Worth Inlet, had been seeing some big hammerhead sharks while fishing just off the beaches for spinner sharks. His angler foul-hooked a hammerhead the other day and when the shark finally came alongside the boat, it was spent. Bogdan tried to revive the 11-foot shark for two hours, but it died. Bogdan, who has a degree in marine biology, brought in the shark. It weighed over 1,000 pounds with its tail still on the ground and area fishery scientists took numerous tissue and organ samples to study.
   comment# 21   - Jeff Dudas · Miami, Florida · Mar 9, 2008 @ 1:35pm

Great catch Fritz.More and more sharks seem to be caught in shallow water. Excuse me but hammerheads are a potentially dangerous shark. All you people who put a fish life in front of a fishermans are the" morons ".Get a life and loose that tree. Keep on fishing it's great family sport.
   comment# 22   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Mar 10, 2008 @ 10:48am

Humans are potentially dangerous to each other. Lets go hunt each other, cut out some steak, put it on the BBQ. Its a great family sport and fun for everyone involved.
   comment# 23   - RollingRobert · Texas · Mar 10, 2008 @ 2:04pm

Very nice, i think that it is a great shark and it should be mounted and put into the history book. congratulations to the anglers who caught it.
   comment# 24   - Brian · Lexington Kentucky · Mar 10, 2008 @ 5:22pm

You're obviously mental and it seems your to cowardly to even put your name. It doesn't surprise me though, most if not all whacko's put a fish's life above human life. Sharks are fish, maybe in some of your OPINIONS their beautiful, personally I think Hammerheads are ugly and are known to be dangerous to humans. This man caught this shark Legally and what he did there after was his business and he should not be threatened , harassed or wished to die. In my opinion!
   comment# 25   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Mar 10, 2008 @ 6:35pm

Such a sad photo. I love sharks and to see one die senselessly is pathetic. I agree, cut the line next time.
   comment# 26   - julie · Bossier City, Louisiana · Mar 11, 2008 @ 8:29am

We should all be scared to put our names down, the big bad Robert Rolin will get us. People it's a waste of time to argue with these certified retards. They are the reason the ocean is in the state it is in, and 50 years from now when there aren't anymore big fish to fish, that's when they will finally realize it! It's sad but it's true. The people who are congratulating this fisherman, don't educate themselves on the matter at hand, and you can tell in one second from reading there posts. I think all of us caring, intelligent, and educated people should spend our time more effectively, not arguing with these retards, but donating to charities and working with the people that are willing to change. These people are cancers, and bring nothing to society, they represent the greed in people, and the reason our ocean's and the animals that depend on it are in such sad state. I only wish I could see the expressions on these idiots faces 50 years down the road, when there are no more fish to catch. I would love to be standing next to them, saying I told you so! Any shark is potentially dangerous... but Hammerheads are not man eaters, so you my friend are the "moron" Robert. Again, educate yourself before you open that big mouth of yours. All you fisherman calling us "tree hugger", why are 2,000k people in California out of a job this year? The answer, they had to close the salmon fishing in California.
   comment# 27   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Mar 11, 2008 @ 10:39am

What ashame! Who is the predator? All for a picture, aye?
   comment# 28   - Capt Al · West Central FL · Mar 11, 2008 @ 4:10pm

Actually there has been 21 unprovoked attacks by Hammerhead sharks on humans 2 resulting in fatalities. These statistics and others are listed in the ISAF and are current to 2007. These are just reported cases, in many countries and pacific islands it is a shame on an individual to be attacked by a shark so many do not get reported for this and many other reasons. Brendan Mas you sound like the real less than intelligent person with your " I told you so" and" educate yourself". Recreational fishermen are not the reason for any problems there might be in our oceans. If anybody has a problem with this mans catch, thats your opinion but to disrespect every fisherman or person who disagrees with you is pure nonsense. Grow up.
   comment# 29   - Bill Wilder · Miami, Fl. · Mar 11, 2008 @ 4:53pm

Now if the Shark killed a little girl, what would we say? Get over it, nice catch
   comment# 30   - Tuna Fish · Ocean City Maryland · Mar 11, 2008 @ 5:34pm

WOW... 2 fatalities in 40 plus years of tracking attacks on humans. Jeez...let's just kill them all. In comparison humans kill over 1 million sharks every year. So if you do the math (if you can) 2 human fatalities vs 40 million sharks killed in the same time span, I think I like the humans odds much better! I never said that recreational fisherman were to blame. I grew up fishing, and I know a lot of recreational fisherman who understand the state our oceans are in. They support and give to charities, they catch and release, and they don't kill threatened species! However, the recreational fisherman on this website that support the type of behavior by the fisherman who caught this shark are to BLAME! Because your displaying a lack of knowledge and are helping bring an end to the sport you supposivley "love" so much. If recreational fishing have no impact on a particular species, why are they not allowing recreational fishing in California this year on salmon? It does have an impact, minor compared to commercial I agree. However, every large mature reproducing apex predator taking by a fisherman, commercial or recreational has a huge impact these days on that species, plain and simple! Bill you grow up, and start taking responsibility for the environment around you. Stop throwing out these trivial statistics that took you all of 5 minutes on the internet to find.
   comment# 31   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Mar 12, 2008 @ 5:52am

I wish I had time to go into detail. I personally don't hunt and don't keep fish I catch, but many of the comments here posted by animal rights people and environmentalist is TOTAL BS. YOu people are acting like sharks are endangered, that big hammerheads are rare, and that they are not aggressive with humans. ALL FALSE, and that is a fact. Shark populations are very healthy, especially around FL. As a matter of fact, many biologist say the population is too high, and I'm out there all the time and I would totally agree. Many fisheries biologist say we need to thin out the shark population and encourage people that catch them to NOT throw them back in alive. Again, this is FACT. You people are just against killing any living creature, and I respect that, but you INSULT us by making these outrageous and totally false and fabricated statements. And trying to relate this to the SALMON situation is totally ignorant. If environmentalist and animal rights people want to know why they don't have more support or why they are not taken seriously by people like me (that love and protect the environment), it's because of the people like you see here on this post. Talking out of there you know what, and fabricating and dramatizing something they know very little about.
   comment# 32   - joeyg · Hollywood, FL U.S.A. · Mar 12, 2008 @ 6:40am

B.M I figured it was you who posted such an idiotic response. You are a sad little man. I'm sorry your daddy didn't show you enough attention but you really shouldn't take it out on other people. Seek counseling, you can be helped. Personally I would rather see that a million sharks were killed by humans then one mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter killed by a shark.
   comment# 33   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Mar 12, 2008 @ 3:36pm

Surely there is enough evidence here for prosecution. Are the authorities doing anything about it?
   comment# 34   - Ann · England · Mar 13, 2008 @ 6:28am

hey, why don't u just leave all variety sharks alone. they are beauty and be happy. just feed them instead of feeding. i don't understand why did people are always killing sharks? they don't want to die just like u don't want to die either. huh?????????????
   comment# 35   - susan buatois · novelty, ohio · Mar 13, 2008 @ 10:26am

Joey, please send me just ONE article that says shark populations, specifically Hammerhead sharks are too high. Just one, PLEASE! Also if you could include just one article by any Biologist stating that if you catch a large Mature Hammerhead you should not throw it back alive, again JUST ONE PLEASE!! This is far from fact, in fact it's the complete opposite. I could sit here all day and post article after article that states the complete opposite of what you just stated as FACT. Complete BS! SO please I'm waiting for your links. Robert this isn't the first time you mentioned something about "my daddy" not showing me enough attention, but I'm not sure I understand the correlation for my respect of animals with that of my dad?? I'm not a pyschologist, and I'm damn sure your not one. So keep my family out of it please. Fact of the matter is sharks have been on this planet as long as the dinosaurs, you throw millions of people into the water every year and by the sheer odds you are going to have an attack. Trust me, I feel horrible when somebody dies from a shark attack, however I don't think it justifies the slaughter of millions of sharks each year! In fact if you did some reading, most people who get attacked by sharks don't blame the sharks, they understand they are acting on instinct. Something that has been programed in there DNA for millions of years. Robert your a complete moron, and I feel bad for your children, I bet
   comment# 36   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Mar 13, 2008 @ 1:34pm

Not all of us from P.A. are whacko's. I just want to make sure everyone knows that this Mr. Maas is a certified nut job and would rather see people being caught or killed then fish. I would prefer to see big game fish released but I understand this cannot always be accomplished when dealing with any fish regardless of size. Ann from England, this was all legal. Why would there be prosecution? If you people who are so disgusted don't agree with legal fishng laws write the government.
   comment# 37   - Donald Drury · over here, p.a · Mar 13, 2008 @ 7:37pm

What a complete hypocrite you are B.M. from Philly. You ask Joey G for some kind of article or statement to prove a point yet you have never posted any facts about sharks of various species or proof of your so called facts. You spout out your opinion of the facts then you insult anyone who disagrees.Just in this site alone you state Hammerheads aren't maneaters, then when someone actually knows the facts and post them you belittle them insult them and ignore the facts. Anyone that has read your posts on many different sites will know you advocate the death of many fishermen and even a teenager that had the "nerve" to try and spear a tiger shark that swam near him and then bit him after he missed it.You actually stated "it should have finished the job" your pathetic and need counseling.People like you are sharks worst enemy.
   comment# 38   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Mar 14, 2008 @ 6:08pm

Catch a Hammerhead save a Tarpon. Hammers also eat many other smaller sharks and there are lots of hammers in our waters so do the math. Now long liners and shark finners are the culprits if you love sharks go after them. Moron is sure getting thrown around alot on here so I'm game TOO. Any moron can say "sharks have been on this planets as long as the dinosaurs' SO WHAT? So have roaches.
   comment# 39   - Dave · Destin, FL. · Mar 14, 2008 @ 6:39pm

No one on this site has condoned the undue slaughter of sharks. You less than intelligent person Brendan Maas. I have read some of your comments on other stories and your wish death on many a fine person just for catching fish. I could understand you getting upset if someone was poaching or an individual caught and killed a multitude of large fish. Your opinion of fishermen catching sharks is your right but you hating and wishing death on them is idiotic to say the very least.
   comment# 40   - Susan T. · ,Texas · Mar 14, 2008 @ 11:01pm

I'm with Brenan all shark fishermen should suffer. We should all sacrifice our lives so they can live. you jump in first. Sharks no more worries
   comment# 41   - Louis Knuts · Imean, Idaho · Mar 14, 2008 @ 11:39pm

Heck of a catch! I wish they would have offered more information. How shallow, what bait, size of line etc etc.. What a day on the water.
   comment# 42   - Harold R · Florida · Mar 15, 2008 @ 9:38pm

i wouldn't mind mounting that trophy above the fireplace
   comment# 43   - timbo · jersey · Mar 17, 2008 @ 6:00pm

You people crack me up. Your so intellectually challenged it's a miracle you have grown to the age you are. I have never stated that I wish death on any fisherman, do I think they deserve to pay for pilliging our oceans, sure, but not by death. Robert it is really pointless to argue with you, I think your IQ would rival that of a roach. If you consider a shark that has been linked to 2 deaths in the 40 years of tracking shark attacks as a Maneater then I guess your right, there maneaters! However, I think the logical person would agree that they are not. What facts do you want me to prove? I will be glad to provide them. Unlike you, and the other people on this site that have taken shots at me and the facts i have laid out, I have a degree in marine biology, and this is my profession, my passion. What are your credentials... Redneck fisherman who has read a couple magazines on fishing??!! In that article you reference about the teenager that had the "nerve" as you put it to spear a tiger shark, I understand your trying to manipulate the facts to make your point, however if anybody read that article they know your full of it. The article clearly states that the kid was spear fishing saw an adolescent tiger shark, and went out of his way to spear it. When he did so the shark bit him. What would you do if somebody speared you? Probably react in about the same way, right!!? Dave... roaches aren't endangered, but good point moron!
   comment# 44   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Mar 18, 2008 @ 5:35am

Should I write down all the direct quotes that you made wishing death or harm to fishermen and sportsmen Brenan Maas? You know that you have made these statements on every site that you posted on except this one.THE teenager did not deserve to die or be mauled by a shark no matter what he might have done. By the way the story says he missed the shark and then you posted first saying " I wished the shark would have finished the job, thats what the kid gets for shooting it" read it again" Cook island teen attacked by tiger shark"is the headline . Everyone that has been a regular on here knows your full of yourself and b.s. I don't have any problem with conservationists or people who disagree with sport or trophy fishing. But whackos like you who wish death on people for legally fishing bother me enough to keep posting against your idiotic statements on this wonderful website. We all know your not a marine biologist you've already posted your academic record and your degrees,, oops did you forget. Quit lying and advocating harm on humans. Sharks are fish. Get a clue" what would you do if somebody speared you? Hey Dave good point and your right about them eating tarpon and smaller sharks.
   comment# 45   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Mar 18, 2008 @ 6:23pm

Crack is what you must be smokin Mr Maas. Sharks are not endangered in general. There are certain species that are endangered to a degree, we cant be for certain to what degree because of the vastness of our oceans. Most species of sharks are thriving in our more shallow coastal waters. Sure there are millions of sharks fished every year and should be some legislation curtailing this but these fishermen and others should not be harassed by fanatics like you. Sounds like you have little man syndrome to me. You sure like to insult, you can dish it out but you can't take it. Mr. Rolin I read the cook island article and it clearly states the boy shot and missed and then the shark bit him. It states nothing about an adolescent shark or that he went out of his way to shoot it. Mr. Maas did make the statement you referred to. Dave point taken. NICE FISH
   comment# 46   - Harold R. · Florida · Mar 18, 2008 @ 7:19pm

this is a bit funny. look at the history of humans and all the animals we have either killed off or almost killed off. our nations bald eagle is on the verge of extinction because we have killed them. countless other species have been wiped out or close to it. its the mentality of killing things before we realize they are almost gone. then we try and save what ever we are about to get rid of. the ocean isn't our domain, though it is a important part of our lives. some have no remorse for sharks but the same people get mad about a shark that bites or kills a human mistaking for its prey? i don't see everyone going after drunk drivers that kill more people than sharks a year. i guess its the thrill of the hunt, but of course you can't have a fair way that would give the shark a fair chance. you want to prove the skill in catchin a shark go in the water and use a spear gun. Haven't seen anyone put themself is the sharks place. if you were a shark in the ocean would you like to be killed just for sport? think about it from the other side for a change.
   comment# 47   - charles · fayetteville ar · Mar 21, 2008 @ 5:48am

I agree with charles, hunting sharks JUST for the fun of it! Sharks do not just kill for no reason. They get confused too easily. Why do people do this? Just because people see movies about sharks killing people does not mean they're all bad. Why kill something that been here for 400 million years? Just look down deep inside your heart, sharks are living creatures too you know. If some of the retards support the fisherman, how would they feel like in the shark's place? You wouldn't very feel well would it. If you kill all the shark population, you disrupt the food chain. Then, what will you do.
   comment# 48   - Jonathan Robertson · Sarasota, FL · Mar 21, 2008 @ 2:47pm

Why would any sensible person think of themselves in the sharks place. Sharks are fish, would you put yourself in the place of a roach after killing it, you wouldn't even eat a roach. Someone else already mentioned they have been around for millions of years also. Charles there are countless groups, organizations, private associations and laws against drunk driving. Jonathon Robertson I do support legal recreational and sport fishing and take offense at your remark about retards. Think about the question" how would they feel in the sharks place" uhh I don't know how does a fish feel. Sport fishermen are not going to cause the extinction of any species of fish. What do you guys eat? Put yourselves in it's place, would you like to be killed and put on sale in the grocery store? Come on!
   comment# 49   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Mar 21, 2008 @ 6:49pm

Wow...some pretty big egos here, on both sides!I can see you're all passionate on your points of view, but the real issue here is our world as a whole.And these incidents are not black and white, one person's fault or a species fault for doing exactly what God intended them to do.You will find (and I am not a marine biologist or anything) that when sharks attack humans it is merely by mistake. We obviously are not their preference of food otherwise people would be eaten and not just bitten.I agree that we (all of us) are causing serious damage to the ocean's eco system and I also agree that there is a place & time for responsible fishing (but not unless it is using the whole fish).Sport fishing for trophies is, in my humble opinion, an irresponsible, selfish activity.Comparing humans and sharks is an impossible feat.Just respect that we are emotionally charged beings that feel sadness and anger when tragedy strikes (shark attack)...but accept that sharks are not terrible and callous. Why do we feel the need to project a monstrous, murderous image on them? Fear? They do what they do. Simple. What they were created to do...and yes accidents happen. I think some of you have seen Jaws to many times.We all need to "grow up" and discuss core issues maturely, & you have points...but it sure is hard to make them out through all the mud-slingin!Sharks MAKE MISTAKES! And so do humans, however we have the awareness & higher thinking to do something
   comment# 50   - Amber Lyndon · Vancouver, Canada · Apr 8, 2008 @ 12:17pm

I think hammerhead sharks are one of the most wonderful creatures on the planet, they are one of the most tame sharks, rarely attacking humans!! Ok 2 proven deaths on humans, so everyone wants to kill them, we go into their world! Their home! If you trespass on someones property their is a chance you might get hurt! That's the same chance you take in getting in the water!! The same chance as if you went into the woods and a bear attacked you! Its your choice to be their!! And as for it was her time to die!! NO!!! The poor shark had 52 pups in her belly!!! What about all those poor babies that never had the chance!! Accident or not that shark did not deserve to die & neither do other sharks! And to those who LOVE sharks just as much as I do!! Karma will come & bit all those people in their rear orifices who kill these poor sharks!! I would give almost anything to see a shark in the wild like that & swim with them!! But the more the fisherman hunt them the more my chance is being taken away!
   comment# 51   - murphy · Baltimore, Maryland · Apr 10, 2008 @ 8:07pm

It's a shark I don't care if they kill every one of them that they catch. They are deadly and they are a threat against everybody. Tell me the first thing you think of when you get in to the beach water, a shark. One less shark means one less worry.
   comment# 52   - perkins_1986 · Houston, Texas · Apr 28, 2008 @ 7:49pm

fritz is a really nice guy and would never mean to kill something as beautiful as this huge shark... you do all you think you are to judge? and if your ashamed to be a Floridian, then get out! we don't need you! next time, do some real research and talk to the fisherman himself before making stupid comments like these.
   comment# 53   - valerie · west palm · Apr 29, 2008 @ 8:05pm

Yes! Yet another shark taken from the sea's and like most have said, and killed just for the feeling of accomplishment! When we can have the joy of a picture or video taken with them in their enviroment without cause for harm..
   comment# 54   - nick · uk · May 3, 2008 @ 3:19pm

The I never intended to kill statement is BS. You just wanted to get its picture statement is even more BS. Jump in the ocean in scuba gear, armed with a camera then you less than intelligent person, but thts an absurd idea huh !! You too scared of all them teeth the sharks have, Grow some nuts ! I got an idea, dont eat for a day, and when your good and hungry, take a swim, and I will attach a smoked chicken breast to a hook and drag you around for an hour with the hook imbedded in your mouth, and then I will say I was just trying to take your picture AFTER the struggle and your demise. Give us a break and go Back to the Netherlands and sell that garbage to the press. Prime example of human ignorance and inhumanity. Let me ask you this, How long did it take yuour stupid self to realize the shark was dying " in the struggle " before you decided to take its picture...thats what I thought, you didnt take a picture till after you landed it. Dont break your arm patting yourself on the back Van Der Sniff. Your ranked right up there with the evolution of people that have made Tigers, Lions, and other Big Cats near extinct. Another 500 years of "you" and sharks will be near extinct as well. Do us all a BIG favor. Dont reproduce, that means dont have any kids to infect society with more of your own stupidity.
   comment# 55   - Ura Nass · New Castle · May 30, 2008 @ 8:08am

Hey Ura Nass from New Castle,you said it your aNass.Why would anyone compare a fish and its feelings to a humans? It's large, it's a predator,it has a certain mystic but it's still a FISH.
   comment# 56   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Jun 17, 2008 @ 5:10pm

Why do you people even bother arguing? Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, however stupid you or I may believe them to be. I fish all the time, and I'd love to hook-in to a shark, but I'm not advocating the slaughter of them. I love sharks. I think they're amazing creatures, but I'm not going to freak out over someone catching and killing one, that's their own business. I have one thing to say to Brendan Maas though, if you are who you say you are, then why is it that your facts are unsupported and your grammar is that of a fourth grader? Any college graduate should know that if you're going to argue with someone as you are with some of these people that your facts better be supported, and if you're going to insult someone's intelligence, that you better damn well not be stupid enough to use bad grammar and mispelled words. Come on now.
   comment# 57   - Jennifer · Texas · Jul 29, 2008 @ 2:23pm

thats what we do hunt fish, a fish is a shark, theres plenty downunder, i say throw another slab on the bbq, i sggest all of u haters get used to it!
   comment# 58   - chase little · australia · Jul 31, 2008 @ 9:08pm

i just went night diving last night and a big hammerhead wouldnt leve us alone, i am glad they killed that shark and i hope that fisherman continue to exterminte these killers.
   comment# 59   - Matt Mandel · bocrarton , usa · Aug 25, 2008 @ 8:22am

Meatatarians love eating shark, so get over it veggy boys. I'll have another slice, please.
   comment# 60   - k hink · long beach Ca. USA · Aug 29, 2008 @ 2:08pm

i have fished all my life digital cameras would have been enough but dont worry like the salmon pretty soon we wont have anything to fish for keep it up guys and well all be learnining how to sew thanks
   comment# 61   - i love to fish · cali · Sep 2, 2008 @ 9:07pm

creepy looking shark. good catch guys
   comment# 62   - the next president · inside your mind · Dec 16, 2008 @ 9:02am

its pretty obvious all the people that are commenting good catch, and making the ocean safe are uneducated boobs and come from states where they are far from the Ocean. City dwellers!!!! The Sharks keep the food chain going and keep algae from growing on the reefs. Sharks help the ocean (go read a book)!!!!!
   comment# 63   - bobbij · fort lauderdale · Jan 29, 2009 @ 12:10pm

I have fished Florida's salt waters since long before Jaws came out, even before Sanibel Island had a hotel! And NONE OF YOU SEEM TO KNOW SQUAT ABOUT THE REAL PROBLEM. The problem is not the PETA twits who ironically want to kill all the fishermen. Nor is it the lone fisherman who hauls in a trophy! The problem can be seen on my sonar screens - miles and miles of empty water where there once was wahoo, cobia, sailfish, swordfish, goliath grouper and endless varieties of swimming creatures. NO AMOUNT OF HOOKS CAN DO THE KIND OF DAMAGE I HAVE SEEN IN MY LIFETIME. It is the industrial cannery vessels with their 10 ton purse nets that raped the sea of everything there is for a hammerhead to eat and a reel fisherman to catch. You want to save the oceans – sink every fishing vessel over 50ft long. The only reason a migratory 1,000 pound, blue water, hammerhead comes that close to shore is for skate and rays, which he can’t find in deep water anymore. Don’t believe me – my proof will be the future, in which you will see more and more instances of humans being attacked. Why? Because we, as a country, have left the fish with nothing else to eat. One last thing, you can’t just cut the string, contrary to popular belief, it takes a year for a cheap hook to “rust out”. In all my life I have never caught a single fish with more than a few inches of line on him. But I have seen hundreds of dead ones with yards of string. Take the hook out or take the fish home! If not, it dies anyway!
   comment# 64   - Terry Walker - fisherman - conservationist - man o · Palm Beach Shores - USA · Jan 29, 2009 @ 6:17pm

First of all, the shark was fighting when he died... He obviously had no intention of killing the shark (it died while it was fighting). What would you have wanted him to do... cut the line? No true fisherman does that
   comment# 65   - David · America · Feb 21, 2009 @ 9:33pm

Nice fish! It doesn't say that they wasted the fish - it's organs were studied and every inch of the fish will be used - guaranteed. Even sport fisherman have an occasional fish die that they don't intend. Don't think for a minute that they let it go to waste. That's a great catch - hope to match or beat it some day - there would be a fish fry to follow...
   comment# 66   - John · Palm Harbor · Mar 8, 2009 @ 10:47am

Sharks are being systematically removed from the seas as incidental catch, by dedicated fisheries and by sports anglers. There are very few left. Florida is blessed with some amazing marine life, but one day it's all going to be gone if these fisheries are left to continue as they are. I'm not too worried about the feelings of one fish, but it seems common sense to me that if something is running out, you should leave it alone. You need apex predators like this great hammerhead to control other species and maintain the balance of the ocean. Those of you who seriously believe that 'one less shark is one less problem' are sadly kidding yourselves. Seriously - Google it. Cut your egos out of the equation, have a look at the science, see the real figures and consider the chance that you might just be wrong. Or, if you just want to defend the right to fish until there's nothing left, then get real and just be hones instead of making up ridiculous claims to kid yourselves. Because you're not kidding me.
   comment# 67   - Simon Rogerson · UK · Mar 30, 2009 @ 6:54am

Everybody crying about this shark it is a great catch and thats that!!! Job Well Done!!!
   comment# 68   - Fisherman,NC · Jacksonville, NC · May 7, 2009 @ 5:15am

Most of the people posting here are spouting morals that are not necessarily derived from any concepts of absolute right or wrong but rather a perceived sense of what is fashionable. Buzz words such as "majestic" or "graceful" only serve to bolster someones ideas of their own statements while adding nothing of substance to the argument. I see no evidence whatsoever of the fisherman being immoral, nor are his actions in question. He went fishing - he caught a shark. End of story.
   comment# 69   - Dave · Ames, USA · May 7, 2009 @ 2:39pm

people say it's an ugly creature but anything would look ugly in this circumstance. look at some underwater pictures of these creatures, amazing. very sad story.
   comment# 70   - cecdog · terre haute, USA · May 7, 2009 @ 2:52pm

Everybody just calm down! its a stupid shark for cryin out loud, who cares? wut about our women, children, motthers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, grandmoms, grandads, husbands, wifes, best friends, role models and the TRUE leaders and lovers of our nation huh? Are there deaths, accidental or not, not worth dispute and a wee bit more recognition than some funny lookin hammer head shark. You cant be serious.
   comment# 71   - Rich Brown · Beaver Falls Pa USA. · May 7, 2009 @ 11:25pm

It makes me so sad to see such a gorgeous creature die needlessly. Whatever the intentions it basically came down to typical ,selfish, human instincts. "The bigger the better", "look at me" and "I want more". This is why our planet is in such peril. We do not respect the beauty that surrounds us. We must "own it". This isn't just a one man problem!
   comment# 72   - Teri · Orlando, Florida · May 8, 2009 @ 4:38am

I am born and raised in florida and fishing is a huge part of my life. I make it a point to practice catch and release and do my best to always make sure that im practicing the sport responsibily by doing things such as reviving fish after a catch. I completely agree with everyone in saying that I am disheartened that such a beautiful and old shark had to be killed for an out of water photo. The pictures posted here look more like animal abususe photos than "trophy photos". In fairness to the fishermen, it was quite a great skilled catch and there excitment level must have been high knowing they were close to a world record, which may have caused a poor decision. Still upsetting nonetheless. Thanks for reading. -Sam
   comment# 73   - Sam P. · Florida · May 12, 2009 @ 10:10am

But if your out there fishing and you pull in a 1000 pound hammer head shark who's gonna believe you?
   comment# 74   - K9 · NPR · May 26, 2009 @ 4:00pm

I've read everything posted here. I can see both sides and opinions. Fishing is a fun family sport that I myself have enjoyed growing up. There's obviously alot of fish species that are dieing down, becoming less abundant. There are many reasons why this is happening. For one the world has become more populated as time go by. More people are taking up fishing as a hobby. In my opinion I would say commercial fishing is a bigger problem when it comes to any ocean species going extinct. I don't believe some of the comments on here and how strong peoples opinions are towards others. Brendan Maas you can have your own opinion but be-littling people is not going to help the cause you support, so why bother? I dont believe in slaughtering sharks because they are obviously good for our eco - system. Yet if you are so strong willed in your opinion. Why arn't you out there trying to stop commercial fishing where they kill thousands of sharks for only there fins. This myself I do not agree with. I don't see that much harm from 1 fisherman catching a hammerhead shark. Its not like hes out there slaughtering them every day. If I happened to get a hammerhead on my line when I was fishing I'd keep it too. But than again what do I know im only 20 years old =)
   comment# 75   - JMM · Canada · Nov 27, 2009 @ 8:19pm

The problem with killing a top of the food chain shark like this 1000 pound hammerhead is that if too many of these creatures are killed, then their prey are going to increase in numbers which can cause problems with the environment. Do the people of Florida want to have an increase in stringrays, one of this fish's main source of food, off of their coast?
   comment# 76   - Kent · USA · Nov 29, 2009 @ 7:50pm

It's ONE lousy fish and these animal rights zealots go berserk upon it's capture. I suggest the next time the PETA types go to Red Lobster or the like , make sure you don't order seafood. After all you shoudon't eat a sea animal that was killed by one of us evil fishermen. Why don't you animal rights zealots ever rant and rave about things like bull-fighting when a bunch of sissies in spandex tights ( Matadors) lure an innocent bull and tease it, then stab it repeatedly with sabres until it slowly dies an agonizing death you bunch of hypocrites. Why don't you cry out about the radical Muslim terrorists who are capturing innocent humans and beheading them as they scream in horrific agony ,or nut case religious fanatics who strap bombs to themselves and blow up innocent men, women , children and babies , yet you go bonkers over some stinking fish. You people are pathetic. No one actually knows how many sharks are killed annually. No one is assigned by the government on fishing trawlers doing a shark count tally to report to some fishing agency you stinking liars. This bullcrap about 1 million sharks killed annually is the biggest lie and hoax immaginable. So what if more people are killed by bee-stings yearly than sharks. Those statistics won't be worth a can of beans if on that occasion YOU turn out to be that particular statistic. As if thats a comfort. Amazing how people pour out their hearts over some predatory fish. The same bunch who love anima
   comment# 77   - Max · Jacksonville, Florida USA · Apr 14, 2010 @ 4:30pm

What a disgusting thing to do! Yeah right he never "ment to kill it" Isn't it funny everything great and beautiful in nature some dork seams to go and kill.. he should be fined!
   comment# 78   - TESS · AUSTRALIA · Apr 14, 2010 @ 7:56pm

yeah right ''he never intended to kill it'' cut the line!. One moment he might a feel a sense of winning a prize,a whole shark is not worth one moment. its a living creature it deserves to live its days in peace without having to worry about clumsy fishermen who takes photos of sharks but accidently kills it in the struggle. it deserves the same amount of respect as any other living species, two wrongs don't make a right. Hunting is not a sport for any species, a sport is when both sides know that they are in the game. if they get away with one shark it is possible it will happen again ITS NOT FAIR no species is ever lasting so they wont be here forever why not preserve them and admire them while we can. Every one of them counts there is always a big deal when someone is murdered and so there should be well this is murder !
   comment# 79   - jonno and chuck · australia · Apr 15, 2010 @ 3:09am

this is just another reason for humans to fight each other. Man who cought the shark,it does make me sad that the shark died in your hands (hammerhead sharks are my favorite sharks), however, I will not hate you nor wish harm upon you, but nor shall i congradulate you on your catch. Second, the ocean is not our domain. We have gone many years with just swimming in our backyards. We dont have to kill off the sharks (I understand it was a mistake). We want to protect ourselves from all dangers, but the biggest threat to humans are humans. We let the smallest of things divid us.
   comment# 80   - aquatic dance · louisville ky, usa · Apr 22, 2010 @ 9:39am

yea but whats 1 shark that he caught by hook like at all the 1's being killed by com. fisher men i woudn't let that 1 go neither so what he got 1 good job
   comment# 81   - jim · usa · Aug 13, 2010 @ 4:19pm

I have to agree with those who suggest we simply must make killing rare sharks, whales and other rare sea creatures (some of the last remaining dinosaurs on earth) illegal and have the penalties for doing so (regardless of intent) be severe. We simply cannot allow man to crush any significant species into extinction as is currently happening with Sharks and Whales...perhaps it's because they live below the sea and we can't see them day to day, but it doesn't make them any less fact it's crazy that the "Sea-Shepherd's" must act as a fringe outlaw group simply to protect what the rest of the world knows to be an over-fished, exploited and boarderline extinct animal...Whales, which they try to protect every year with limited success. Crazy thing is that I am so far from a tree hugger it's not even funny...but I am a realist. I would gladly help stuff a spotted owl into a stump grinder if it keeps thousands of loggers of that renewable resource known as tree's know those same folks who replant 2-5 times as many trees as they harvest...something not happening (and not even possible) by the (expletive) Japanese who continue to devastate an entire species of massive animals for their own profit. While I am no tree hugger, I would no sooner destroy a majestic Great White, Hammerhead or Humpback Whale than I would destroy a bald-eagle or throw a bag of trash out of my cars window...I'd rather cut off my own arm!!
   comment# 82   - RitchieBoy · MD, USA · Aug 17, 2010 @ 4:51pm

Lets keep it REAL simple. We are human. Sad to say, but it's in our nature to destroy what we love. For every person who loves sharks, there is one person who hates or simply doesnt care about them. Unfortunatley, most people who love wildlife cannot afford to protect it, but its easy for the person who hates or is indifferent to kill or destroy it. So simply put....we win, sharks/wildlife loses....until there is no more left. So for those who love to sport fish...keep on fishing, for those of you who like to hunt...keep hunting. You (and if your lucky) your children, will enjoy the last of our planets great resources.
   comment# 83   - Rory Moak · honolulu, HI · Sep 21, 2010 @ 6:41pm

Before you condemn, educate yourselves! I'm a lifelong fisherman/hunter. My fees, licenses and taxes are what funds 99% of wildlife conservation programs. Catching fish is where the fun is, occasionally eating the fish you catch is a treat, well earned and well deserved. If one dies on occasion, so be it, at least the fisherman in question donated the fish to researchers and it wasn't wasted, unlike the Taiwanese, Africans, Chinese, Japanese, etc... who catch sharks by the hundreds of thousands, cut their fins off and drop them back overboard so slowly starve to death. Or the fish trappers whose traps indiscriminately catch and kill everything large enough to get inside, if they lose a trap it goes on killing for years if not decades. For every lb of shimp trawled up 7-15 lbs of juvenile gamefish are killed and shoveled back overboard as "Bycatch". If you want to make an impact, leave the small boat fishermen (Family, Weekend Types) alone and focus your efforts on Commercial factory ships, trawlers, purse seiners, long liners, shrimpers, and fish trappers! Sport fishing and family day trippers are not the problem! Factory ships that net entire schools and turn them into catfood, fertilizer, and surimi "fish paste" are the real problem, well, that and pollution! Want to make an impact, stop buying catfood! Stop eating swordfish, wild caught shrimp, shark fin soup, stop purchasing products containing "Shark Cartilage" for yo
   comment# 84   - Dallas Z. More · Satellite Beach Florida · Sep 28, 2010 @ 7:45am

Let me explain something to u idiots if the sharks go we all go its not about putting a fish life over a human life its about preserving our planet for the better of humans as well as all beautiful creatures because believe it or not sharks are beautiful and they play an important roll in the marine ecosystem. Everything serves as a purpose excepts dumb cruel people who cause this planet to die and for creatures to suffer. That shark wasn't hurting nobody let us start realizing the ocean is there habitat not ours if you choose to swim in the ocean you are swimming at your own risk everyone knows that because sharks have always been there but maybe they won't continue to be if we keep it up. We have the choice not the shark. Besides if your scared of sharks go to church and stay in the swimming pool. Duh!
   comment# 85   - Jason lee · atlanta ga · Jun 1, 2011 @ 12:32pm

mmmm mmmbet it cooks up good
   comment# 86   - jeff · Tampa, FL · Jul 8, 2011 @ 2:28pm

quit complaining about shark attacks if u dont want to get bitten dont play in the water and for all the tree hungin granola bangin hippies sayin fisherman are killing fish species come on get a real job all u I GOT A DEGREE its my passion if its not affecting u dont worry about it obviously all u have time to do is argue on the internet its pretty frickin lame go out and do something....
   comment# 87   - me · colorado · Jul 21, 2011 @ 8:36am

so sad i love hammerheads that fisherman should be ashamed of himself hammerheads dont hurt anyone :[
   comment# 88   - Tyson · geelong · Oct 13, 2011 @ 5:23pm

One word for you. Fail.
   comment# 89   - Peter · Phoenix, Arizona · Nov 16, 2011 @ 4:45pm

Quelle bande d'abrutis ses pêcheurs de "trophée" aucune dignité, grosse merde qui pêche des espèces magnifiques en voie de disparition... EN plus pour le tuer vous l'étouffez mais j'aurais un flingue je vous en collerais deux dans vos sales gueules.
   comment# 90   - Gallouédec · Morlaix · Mar 25, 2013 @ 9:13am

First for the people saying that sharks are rare and endangered, you know nothing about the shark population. The shark population here in Georgia is great and in florida even better. and for those saying we should kill them to keep our beaches must have no common sense. Its called the ocean, its were they live. Thats like saying animals should come into our houses and kill us so they can be protected. I cant stand stupid people. I do however find it humorous when yankees come down and fish off the piers down here and have absolutely no clue what they are doing. Only those who have seen it know what I am talking about lol.
   comment# 91   - ICE-MAN · Georgia · Aug 11, 2013 @ 5:56am
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