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1063-pound, 12-foot 6-inch Mako Shark Hooked off Florida Coast May Be World Record

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DESTIN, Florida -- A 1,063-pound mako shark hooked close to shore in the Gulf of Mexico is being investigated as a possible world fishing record.

The Sea Ya Later II was cobia fishing when its crew spotted the 12-foot 6-inch shark Wednesday afternoon between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach. The Mother Lode, a 45-foot charter boat, helped bring in the shark. They used flying gaffs to secure the fish and then tied the gaffs to the Sea Ya Later II, which was tilting.

``If (the shark) hadn't been as tired as she was, this boat would be sitting on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico,'' said Lindsey Stanley, the Sea Ya Later IIs captain, told the Northwest Florida Daily News.

After the shark died, it took eight men to pull it aboard the Mother Lode and take it to Destin.

The registered weight of 1,063 pounds makes the catch eligible for the world record in the 30-pound line class for a short-fin mako. The class record is a 997-pound, 11-ounce shark caught in Sidney, Australia, in 1995. The largest mako recorded in the all-tackle division was a 1,221 pounder caught in Massachusetts in 2001.

``I'm investigating it as a world record,'' said Jim Roberson, who represents the Panhandle for the International Game Fish Association.

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Why are these morons still killing these amazing fish? Isn't it enough for these ignorant, macho dinosours just to measure it, estimate its weight and put it back? havn't these idiots seen what is happening to the worlds shark population???
   comment# 1   - Lumpfish · London · Apr 21, 2007 @ 5:12am

I agree, this sort of trophy hunting is just one example of unsustainable fishing. At that size that shark would have been mature and could have bred if stupid people would have given it the chance. Thses are not only marvellous amazing fish but they are also a keystone species, they affect the whole ecosystem. WHEN WILL WE LEARN!!!!!
   comment# 2   - Daz · Great Yarmouth · Apr 21, 2007 @ 10:29am

Those guys souls will burn in hell just like mine. Allah is blushing.
   comment# 3   - BeachBum · Corpus Christi, TX · Apr 21, 2007 @ 7:53pm

Keeping one fish that is world record size is not going to bring the shark population to it's knees.
   comment# 4   - Ben · Austin, TX · Apr 22, 2007 @ 12:11am

Animals were placed here for humans to use and exploit as they require. They are important providers of food, cloths, companionship and sport. Don't expect a major change in this attitude anytime soon, as the options are servitude-based and feminist in nature. As long as men run this world, you will have what you see here. Like it or not.
   comment# 5   - IBen Getiner · usenet, www · Apr 22, 2007 @ 1:12am

way to go guys! Heck of a catch! Nice job!
   comment# 6   - crab · usa · Apr 22, 2007 @ 8:20am

Way to go! great fish, it must have been a heck of a fight! To those people that don't understand about hunting or fishing just think about how you got here.
   comment# 7   - Bill Clinton · fish city · Apr 22, 2007 @ 10:57am

Hey Ben and Crab, your comments were the only ones that were not IGNORANT.If the rest of you are so worried about the decline of the fish population, you should begin by getting educated on the subject first.Believe me there are many groups and individuals involved in the protection of the ocean and fish but we need INFORMED AND EDUCATED people to further our cause.Oh yeah, congrats on the catch guys!
   comment# 8   - franci the "shark kisser" · newport beach,ca · Apr 22, 2007 @ 11:24am

The killing of this fish is both pointless and damaging to the marine ecosystem the morons that continue to do this need to get an education. I'm not against hunting or fishing if it's for food but to kill something just so it can be weighed is wrong alas morons like this will continue to think this is fun. Maybe we could take up moron hunting at least this would remove idiots/morons like this from the gene pool.
   comment# 9   - Mark · England · Apr 22, 2007 @ 2:51pm

This sickens me. I don't understand why people just don't marvel at these animals, and for some reason have to kill them. We are destroying this planet and all its creatures, one "world record" at a time.
   comment# 10   - Brian Patrick · Virginia, USA · Apr 22, 2007 @ 3:03pm

Its called population control. Without it,ALL states along any body of water would be over run with the kings of the water and with due time would eat all of their food and starve or eating WHATEVER gets in the water. Where there is one 12 foot long, there is one as big or bigger. Makos are a beautiful fish to watch(way off shore), the fastest also. This one was too close to shore. So do some research before you go running your mouth. Great catch dudes, hope the IGFA approves it.
   comment# 11   - Aaron · Mississippi · Apr 22, 2007 @ 7:02pm

There is nothing wrong with taking a fish this size. It was considered a record, hence why they took it. The fish will not be wasted, they'll either donate it for marine research, or they'll clean it and cook it and donate it to shelters for food for the homeless. What do you think they do with all of the sharks caught in tournaments? They donate them to feed homeless. Nothing is wasted in this day and age, even if some want to think that it is.
   comment# 12   - Ferman · Florida · Apr 22, 2007 @ 8:40pm

I wish you would try to kiss a shark, "shark kisser"! The shortfin mako is listed as vulnerable, so please do not make any more comments using the words "educated" and "informed", as that is NOT what you are... I do not understand how people can kill those marvellous creatures just for fun - oh, right: deep sea fishing is the "sport" involving lots of beer and otherwise barely able to move old guys... And YES: I do eat meat, and I know where it comes from...
   comment# 13   - Andi · Vancouver, Canada · Apr 22, 2007 @ 9:19pm

I really don't care about world records or saving Mako sharks. What I do care about is our children swimming in our oceans and a Mako this close to the beaches. To you tree huggers out there...SAVE OUR CHILDREN FIRST! Let the fish roam around the deep! There have been two shark attacks along the panhandle coast that I know of in the last year, both attacks children who died. Was it this shark? Maybe...maybe not, any shark this close to our shores and our children need to be removed at any means possible! As a SCUBA diver I know dolphins are a sharks natural enemy and a dolphin will protect humans in the water to the death from sharks. This shark killed one (if not more) of our protectors and the tree huggers cry about it??
   comment# 14   - Chad T. Dillon · Niceville, Florida · Apr 22, 2007 @ 10:52pm

I've been scrolling down laughing at most of these comments. While Mako sharks are "majestic", they are also maneaters. To the rest of you I say wait until you are in the water surrounded by sharks that are about to feed on you and then tell me how majestic they are and how pretty. I say good catch, eat up. For you activists out there, never fear, I'm sure they baked the fish.
   comment# 15   - Randy · FWB, Florida, USA · Apr 23, 2007 @ 3:00am

Wow, looking at these comments, I knew Americans were pro hunting and fishing but I didn't realise that they were so behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to conservation. Go on, continue with your cavemen attitudes and see what your kids are left with.
   comment# 16   - Jon · Plymouth · Apr 23, 2007 @ 3:56am

"Measure it, estimate its weight, and put it back." You sir are the definition of an ignoramous.
   comment# 17   - John · Navarre, FL · Apr 23, 2007 @ 5:37am

Chad, you are a SCUBA diver and you think dolphins are sharks natural enemy? Sharks aren't the biggest danger in the water. People, specifically stupid people, are. And to think someone out there is giving these stupid people c cards. BTW Chad, Maybe this will save you next time before you open your mouth. At least on this topic
   comment# 18   - tma · Atlanta · Apr 23, 2007 @ 7:09am

this fish was caught by people fishing for cobia. Cobai are found in very shallow water, very close to shore. Come on down... the waters great!
   comment# 19   - jodiFL · SOWAL,FL · Apr 23, 2007 @ 7:13am

Nice catch!! We just returned from Destin April 10th and I wish I had been lucky enough to hook something like that. And oh yes, I would have kept him. Just about every time I have scuba dove in salt water, I have seen sharks. From Hawaii to Florida, and the Carribean. I do release accidental catches when I am fishing but don't buy this 'scarcity' hype.
   comment# 20   - Lyle · Waterloo, Iowa · Apr 23, 2007 @ 8:41am

we gained nothing from plucking this animal out of its natural environment and killing it
   comment# 21   - amber · tulsa, ok · Apr 23, 2007 @ 9:04am

God forbid we kill a shark. You enviromental wack jobs... Get a grip and go fishing. Enjoy life and grip to someone who care. Pot Head.
   comment# 22   - Uncle Sam · Memphis,TN · Apr 23, 2007 @ 9:05am

Just let nature take its course. Humans are part of the circle of life. The ocean covers two thirds of this planet. I doubt Makos will go extinct anytime soon and if they do then it is just nature taking its course. People need to wake up and realize that PETA and Greenpeace aren't actually doing anything other than annoying the hell out of people. They both get awards for being thorns in the side but nothing they are doing is actually helping the environment or its animals. People enjoy hunting and fishing and both have been a staple of leisure activities and a source of food in this country since before it became a country.
   comment# 23   - Josh · Denver, CO · Apr 23, 2007 @ 10:10am

To all those great white hunters out there who made comments to the effect of 'great catch, BBQ it with the rest, Catching one fish like this will not bring the shark population to it's knees" etc You are sadly ignorant. It is exactly this type of fishing that contributes to putting an end to shark populations world wide, that and the unabashed shark finning that goes on around the world. 100 million sharks finned each year! By catching and killing the largest of any species you are denegrating the gene pool. Basically if you want to go catch a shark/shoot a deer/bag a buffalo etc kill a small one. The eventual effect of consistantly killing the largest of any species is called Darwinian degredation. Grow up guys you don't need to kill the largest of anything to prove that we are the top dog species. It is not intelligent to kill anything for 'fun' it is pathetic, wasteful and ignorant. We are not hunter gatherers anymore.
   comment# 24   - nereus · Taiwan · Apr 23, 2007 @ 10:14am

When are people going to realize how long it takes for a shark to reach that size, catch and release is the only way to go these days as these magnificent creatures continue to dissapear from the oceans. These fisherman should be ashamed and re-educated before killing these fish for their own self gratification.
   comment# 25   - g SCHARPF · PITTSBURGH, OA · Apr 23, 2007 @ 10:25am

Way to go Carl O!!!!!! Can't waith to get the story first hand.
   comment# 26   - dolphingirlgb · Gulf Breeze Florida · Apr 23, 2007 @ 10:44am

To all you "save the shark" wackos: What if it was you or your child that huge shark had in its jaws? Would you still be whining that it was dead?
   comment# 27   - Terri · Destin FL · Apr 23, 2007 @ 12:03pm

Catch and filet is the only way, great catch guys!
   comment# 28   - Offshore Fisherman · Carrabelle, Florida · Apr 23, 2007 @ 12:40pm

Stupid people, when will we learn, you know, i recently watched an ocean documentary from the late 60,s and they were swimming with fish that were really large, and killing all of them as well, it was spear fishing, and there was no limit on species, just how big it was, well, i have never seen those kinds of fish in OUR ocean of today, everything is either dying off or gone off to a deeper part of the ocean where IDIOTS like the ones above cant get to them. Its a shame that we live like this, imagine if you will, you are boating, and you see a shark that big, as man, your only instinct is to KILL IT? What a JOKE you are and anybody like you, if that is the case then howcome i cant go to the mall and HARPOON the biggest FAT rear orifice i can find, it would be a trophy of a find, and i could GUT HIM right there in front of everyone, then i could get my picture taken next to his hanging bloody FAT rear orifice corpse, i would win right, cause i mean, its a sport of killing right? Man is an ignorant and retarded creature, those who are DOWN with sport killing, should be killed yourself and hung so i can get a picture next to the TROPHIES!
   comment# 29   - John · Houston, Texas · Apr 23, 2007 @ 1:51pm

Hello bleeding hearts Anyone knows that when an animal of any kind poses a threat to humans it is killed. Sometimes it's an alligator, a charging elephant in Africa, A grizzly bear in Yellowstone or a Pitbull down the street from where you live. Get a life. Good catch guys.
   comment# 30   - John · Fort Meyers FL. · Apr 23, 2007 @ 6:26pm

I live to fish, but I'm also a conservationist, taking one fish like this isn't going to endanger the species, sure its sad to think such a great animal was killed but if a mako was that close in it was probably sick anyway, they are a deep water shark, the reason shark populations are declining is because of shark finning, tournaments where many sharks are killed, depleting food sources, and loss of habitat, and the way I look at it, people are fair game for animals, why would a shark or any animal pass up on an easy meal
   comment# 31   - adrian · New Jersey · Apr 23, 2007 @ 6:44pm

To the wankers from England, I guess you don't eat fish n chips??? You people have lost your minds!!! This shark is a man eater that goes down the coastline eating anything that splashes, including KIDS!!!! Get a grip people, go after real criminals and leave the fishermen alone. Last time I checked the population of sharks in the ocean wasn't an issue. Save a whale already, I hope the japanese fishing vessel u shark lovers are stalking rams your protest boat and you freeze your "no worthy agenda" butts off!!!
   comment# 32   - beach f....... expert · santa rosa beach, FL · Apr 23, 2007 @ 7:42pm

I surf, I don't eat shark, (bad Karma) Good catch, one less thing to worry about down under.
   comment# 33   - Lowry · Neptune Beach · Apr 23, 2007 @ 8:00pm

All I see here is typical knee-jerk liberal thinking. It can be summed up by the attempt to sell us on the lie that a huge aggressive meat-eating fish with a mouthful of razor sharp teeth is really a misunderstood creature. The average shark poses a threat to mankind to begin with, and one this size should never, ever be released under any circumstances whatsoever. We should be thinking of the potential danger created by allowing a monster like this to swim free. Not about how good it feels to be 'stylish' and 'PC'. People play and bathe in the very waters where this thing was killed, for gosh-sakes! Good riddance to a really dangerous predator, I say. The world would be better off without them period, and in fact doesn't really need them at all anyway. People must come first in this world. Otherwise, we will end up going out first.
   comment# 34   - IBen · usenet, www · Apr 24, 2007 @ 1:19am

To John in Navarre, Fl. You sir, are the less than intelligent person. This is common practice in Big Game fishing, you don't actually land the fish, you pull it along side the boat, do an accurate measurement estimation and then guess its weight, and release it, IT'S CALLED 'CATCH & RELEASE' Bozo. I suppose you, in your wisdom, assumed I meant try to meaure a large shark on board? Get out more!
   comment# 35   - Lumpfish · London · Apr 24, 2007 @ 6:19am

   comment# 36   - TRADEOFF · PENSACOLA FL. · Apr 24, 2007 @ 7:26am

If you need to see proof of the plight of sharks visit
   comment# 37   - Marine Animal · London · Apr 24, 2007 @ 7:33am

gaff & laugh!
   comment# 38   - chad · alabama · Apr 24, 2007 @ 11:15am

To the wankers from England, I guess you don't eat fish n chips??? .....Personnally I don't but if I did Cod can breed within 18 mths of being born and the last time I looked weren't on any endangered list. This fantastic fish was prob older than any of the "cavemen" who caught her. As for eating your kids, get real, I'd look at banning guns first if I was you. 100 million sharks are being killed every year and this was a female in prime breeding condition. So go on continue to bury your head in the sand until there are none.
   comment# 39   - Paul · Reading, UK · Apr 24, 2007 @ 4:22pm

THats a huge one ....LOOK all you guys.. stop being pricks this aint gonna deplete the shark pop. A matter of fact get all them big boys so I can swim safely!!!!
   comment# 40   - VINCE THOMAS · PAnama city beach · Apr 24, 2007 @ 4:45pm

There never seems to be any middle ground. I love to fish and hunt and am amazed that the fishermen could pull in a 1000#+ fish with 30# test line! Nice job. At the same time I'm also saddened at the loss of such a magnificent creature. It is beautiful, but the stories and camraderie brough about by such a catch will live on for years. It is true that trophies can improve the gene pool, but living in the area this amazing shark was caught I'm glad to know it no longer poses a threat. Whether you want to admit it or not, it was a threat. I fish from the shore and I've seen numerous sharks within 100 yards of the beach and there are numerous shark attacks every year in the panhandle. Both sides to this arguement have valid points, it's just unfortunate that there is so much hate around something like this.
   comment# 41   - Chad · Navarre, FL · Apr 24, 2007 @ 5:06pm

I think this is three new records in the last year. Don't worry people there are a lot more out there probably bigger than this one. Sport fisherman respect nature in a way you people will never understand.
   comment# 42   - David · Apollo Beach, Florida · Apr 24, 2007 @ 7:04pm

Yo, LUMPY from London: Do your research: discover the last time a Mako remotely of this size was caught in the Gulf of Mexico, let alone this close to shore. LEARN why a shark of this variety and species would be so far North, then you've earned the right to post again. Once you can post a link to newsreels showing HUNDREDS of sharks cruising between the first and second sandbar (do your research, I have neither the time nor inclination to provide your remedial education) off your hometown beaches (oh never said you lived on a coast? heh) you can reply-until then? Walk a mile in the shoes of someone who has literally performed first responder CPR to a child who, in less than 5 feet of water, was forever mangled by a creature of much less magnitude.
   comment# 43   - LayingIToLumpy · Fort Walton Beach, Florida · Apr 24, 2007 @ 9:26pm

The whole point of these left-wing tree-huggers being here is to get the debate going. Simply to have it on the front burner and being discussed is a victory for them. I've learned my lesson... I'm gonna keep on doing just what I want to do (like I always have), and let their angry, shrill, shouts fade by the wayside. How about you?
   comment# 44   - IBen · usenet, www. · Apr 24, 2007 @ 11:43pm

You idiots don't have to swim with these things do ya?? I'm glad they caught it, way to go guys...... One down, many more to go!!!!!!!!
   comment# 45   - JIMDEAN · Navarre, FL · Apr 25, 2007 @ 9:35am

Hey LayingTOLumpy.... who's friggin ocean is it? We go into the ocean at our own risk. A 5-year-ld being attacked is a very sad thing indeed, but these creatures have been cruising our oceans millions of years! It's our choice to go swimming in waters known to have sharks, for instance where you live in Florida. If your going to go in the water, this stuff can happen. It's the same thing as getting in your car to go to work everyday, your taking a risk, but I bet your do it each and every morning don't you? You my friend should educate yourself, and stop preaching to others!
   comment# 46   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Apr 25, 2007 @ 9:53am

IBEN, you seem quite intelligent, let me tell you. It's attitudes like yours that are the reasons, our oceans will be extinct within a hundred years, our rainforests will be barren, and our children will not be able to take advantage of what was once a truly beautiful and diverse world. So you keep telling yourself that us "left-wing tree huggers" our full of it. And in 100 years, when your grandchildren or kids are asking you what happened to all the fish and animals, I hope your man enough to tell them, it's my fault! I know you won't be, because personally I think your an less than intelligent person, but view points like yours are and will be the reason children around the world will be asking those questions to thier parents very shortly!
   comment# 47   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Apr 25, 2007 @ 10:00am

Wow...what a stir. Amazing how different all the view points are. My feeling is that people should be more concerned with mass killing a species, like what the Japanese are doing to porpoises, or long lining, netting, and things of that nature. As one person said above...if any of you actually went to a sport fishing tournament you'd know that the fish caught are taken to shelters to feed the poor and homeless. I fish in several every year. Trust wouldn't find this shark out in the dumpster after the pictures were taken. I guarantee it was eaten, and fed a lot of people. To the guy who said you could just pull it up next to the boat and measure it…IF you get a fish of this size up to the boat where you can safely measure will most likely die anyway. You're better off just getting a picture as best you can and cutting it loose if you really want it to live. Billfish are different, you can guide the fish by its bill until it revives and then release it, but even that is VERY dangerous. If you tried that with a would be better than a 50/50 chance you'd get seriously hurt.
   comment# 48   - Jay · Virginia Beach, VA USA · Apr 25, 2007 @ 2:50pm

well the problem is that this shark was VERY close to the shore, and its pretty scary to think that a 12 ft mako is patrolling the waters just a couple hundred feet away from where people swin everyday....being that i have lived in/around destin my whole life, i have seen too many shark attacks and bringing this bad boy in is not only a remarkable fish and game acomplishment, but may have also saved a few lives.....any one every seen JAWS, not too far from reality boys and girls
   comment# 49   - Derek · Destin, FL · Apr 25, 2007 @ 7:10pm

I have but one thing left to say... There's a lot of feminized men in here... and it isn't pretty. Touchy-feely creeps. I weep for the future...
   comment# 50   - IBen Getiner · usenet, www. · Apr 26, 2007 @ 12:09am

Where do you get your facts, Brendan Maas...? From Al Gore....? LOL...!!!
   comment# 51   - IBen Getiner · usenet, www. · Apr 26, 2007 @ 12:13am

To those who commented our children...these sharks are maneaters...DON'T GO IN THE WATER THEN! People forget that they are in their own natural habitat and they are hunters - if people go wading into the water then that is the risk they put on themselves. Yes going into the water is lovely but if you are worried about being attacked by a shark is it really worth it? And once again to the 'Save our children' comment....shame on the mothers who let their children wade in shark populated waters. Yes you're shark won't bring the population to it's knees. But those people make it seem ok to just kill these creatures....set an example for the future generation. BTW i'm not normally an animal rights protester but it just annoys me sometimes when people have such pathetic attitudes. Maybe one day someone will come and stick hooks in peoples children and because they declare it as a 'sport' it will be ok! No worries for who or what it hurts.
   comment# 52   - sarah · England · Apr 26, 2007 @ 3:46am

To (IBEN etc) Check your facts. How is this a man eater? the vast vast majority of shark attacks are Great White, Tiger and Bull sharks. Not mako. If you want to swim safely .USE THE POOL.
   comment# 53   - Pete M · Yorkshire ,England · Apr 26, 2007 @ 5:33am

'There have been two shark attacks along the panhandle coast that I know of in the last year, both attacks children who died. - Chad T. Dillon · Niceville, Florida · Apr 22, 2007 @ 10:52pm' where did you get this drivel? The last death in Florida from shark attack was 2005.
   comment# 54   - Pete M · Yorkshire ,England · Apr 26, 2007 @ 5:48am

I am amazed to see that the potential danger of the shark killing a child justifies his killing and the killing of more sharks. With that said, should I kill the drunk, gun carrying SUV driver leaving a bar tonight as a precaution as he could run a red light and kill my neigbors child if not today maybe in 3 weeks from now? The excuse it was just one will be used every time. Many "1"'s add up. I also remember that several caught world-record sharks in the past year or so were buried somewhere or stuffed versus being used for food. One particular report was mentioning that he would be burried in an Orange garden, another one's meat was used for bait.
   comment# 55   - JM · New York · Apr 26, 2007 @ 7:21am

Hey Lumpfish, we need someone to work on our crew who can pull a 1000 lb Mako shark out of the water, measure it, weigh it, and then release it. It sounds like a perfect job for you.
   comment# 56   - Fishgoodsharkbad · Southern State, USA · Apr 26, 2007 @ 7:56am

I have two kids, 12 and 3 who are both fasinated with sharks, as well as myself. I would never want to be that close to a shark that big. Unless it was dead. I do watch alot of shark week on animal plant, and this one kill is not going to hurt the shark population. A shark will eat anything. I looked up the shark attacks in the world and the number is so suprising. The bigger sharks are moving closer to the shores. So, anyone, boaters, kids, surfers are at risk. I know that killing this shark might be tragic, ignorant, selfish. But, alot of homeless people will eat well that week. And until shark fin soup, and other foods that require just the fins of sharks are not wanted in high demand. There is nothing you or anyone else can do about this. I would worry more about that, then this one shark. And maybe a few other small sharks will have a chance to get bigger with out this one eating every thing in site. This is america, you have the right to pursuit of happiness, and if you please all you will please none. It was a beautiful catch, and it was a scary fish. I find this fascinating, but they are scary fish. I take my kids twice a year to the aquarium, to look threw a glass, and that is close enough for me.
   comment# 57   - THIS IS AMERICA · USA · Apr 26, 2007 @ 9:27am

this is how stupid activists are instead of whining about this one shark why don't you go to thailand where they kill sharks for just the fin and when you open your mouth and say something they will put you in your place. i bet they cry when they eat a vegetable too (it once lived) anyways nice catch and keep your pole in the water.
   comment# 58   - jeff · huntsville,al · Apr 26, 2007 @ 12:41pm

I engaged in kiling animals and fish for 50 years of my life. Now I am haunted by those memories and ashamed for the excuses I used. We are obviously far from the 'most intelligent' creatures on this planet.
   comment# 59   - Mr. Greenjeans · Vancouver Island · Apr 26, 2007 @ 1:48pm

Have any of you actually stopped and read each of these comments? People....why can't any of you think in the middle... why does it have to be totally left or totally right? Because someone doesn't agree with you, does that make them IDIOTS? Get a grip!!! I totally disagree with these "large fish" fishing tournaments. But on the other hand, I don't think that killing this mako shark in particular will destroy the ecosystem. To say "don't go in the water" and that "the water is their habitat" is ridiculously obsurd. HELLO!!! does no one realize that all of this country was complete wilderness at one time? Yes we do need to be conservative but not to the point to where we are telling coastal residents "don't go in the water". Also, how can you remotely compare hunting and fishing to killing people? That's the sick thinking that's completely wrong with this country and this world! I think what's IGNORANT about this whole discussion is the extremist thinking and speaking (for both arguments) without facts or consideration.
   comment# 60   - In the middle · Louisiana · Apr 26, 2007 @ 2:03pm

if you dont want to end up as shark food stay out of the water easy thing to do. I have a hard time beliving some of the comments and atitudes of some people, but until there's no fish left in the sea people will go on with their ignorant ways.
   comment# 61   - sportfisher · la usa · Apr 26, 2007 @ 3:56pm

To Peterhead M. in Dorkshire England... Educate thyself. Couldn't hurt. Also, I'll swim anywhere I darned well please. And so will the rest of the human race. That is why all dangerous fish HAVE TO GO. And for all you other idiots who like to stand on the misleading stat that "more people get killed each year by lightning than by shark attacks", let me just say that your facts are faulty. This is because there's a whole helluva lot more people out and about in thunderstorms world-wide at any given moment than people out in the surf at that same moment. You put the same number of people in the ocean as are out in thunderstorms world-wide and I think you'll see those numbers change!
   comment# 62   - IBen Getiner · usenet, www. · Apr 26, 2007 @ 9:30pm

Nice catch guys. I bet someone stated "I think we need a bigger boat".
   comment# 63   - T.Robinette · Raleigh,USA · Apr 27, 2007 @ 2:48am

Nothing will ever go extinct because people caught too many of them with a pole and line and gaff, just like forrests aren't in danger from men with basic axes. I love conservation and all, so hey, if you wanna be angry, be angry at the bottom trawlers that drag nets big enough to hold a few 747's. They catch and kill EVERYTHING; sharks, dolphins, you name it. Paint your picket sign and do something worthwhile if you wanna save the planet. Lay off the guy with the pole and a lil' boat. I'm gonna go dig out my copy of "The Old Man and the Sea."
   comment# 64   - jackflannery · st.louis, MO · Apr 27, 2007 @ 3:46pm

Good post, jackflannery. Exactly. But we're dealing with over-emotional wackos here, by-and-large. They are people of FEEEEEELINGS. Not of reason. So don't be surprised if they come after your copy of 'old man and the sea' one day. The first step in the cause of their self-inflicted emotional disability is activism. Then next is censorship. And after that it's history-revision. This is the way of the typical left-wing mind. It qualifies as a mental disorder in my book. In about ten years or so, I'd have to strongly urge you to hide that book of yours. If you want to keep it, that is. I mean it.
   comment# 65   - IBen Getiner · usenet, www. · Apr 27, 2007 @ 9:09pm

To Brendan Maas of Phila... Being from Philly,(and thankfully moving to Florida) I have a hard time swallowing your ridiculous, liberal, Idiotic comments... Whose ocean is it??? !! It's ours.. Hopefully people like you will stay in that beautiful City Of Brotherly Love( over 300 homicides every year) and let us sportsman enjoy our way of life..killing and eatin' what we catch..NOT EACH OTHER !!!!
   comment# 66   - Jim Hall · Bonifay, Florida · Apr 27, 2007 @ 9:26pm

I'm getting great laughs at most of you. There is one real less than intelligent person though. The guy who said to kill a smaller shark and let the bigger ones go. Does he understand that an animal has to reach maturity before it can reproduce. I fished in both the Pensacola and Destin shark tournaments last year. I tagged 11 sharks in both tournaments. I could have wieghed in 7 sharks, One for each day of the tournaments, but didn't. All of the sharks that were caught aboard would have been over the 250lbs minimum size limit. Yet, we let them go so we wouldn't waste a great animal for nothing. If I was to capture this mako and had a chance at the world record, I would have did the same. Sorry if that pisses anyone off, but that's just the way it is for me. Yes it is sad to see this animal die, but great job and congrats on a job well done.
   comment# 67   - Chris · Destin,Fl · Apr 28, 2007 @ 3:58am

Hmmm... I'm no expert, but it looks like a LONGFIN, not a shortfin mako, they should have someone verify this.
   comment# 68   - Jordan Scott · Toledo, OH · Apr 29, 2007 @ 12:10am

To the anti-fishing posters from the UK; Don't talk to the people of the US about conservation of ANY species, you nutters have completely wiped out most every living creature on land and in the sea of your little "island nation."
   comment# 69   - Wild Bill · San Diego USA · Apr 29, 2007 @ 6:24pm

Obviously none of you "experts" have ever tasted Mako Shark; otherwise, you'ld be submitting recipies instead. Bon Apetite
   comment# 70   - Wayland · Clearwater, Fl USA · Apr 29, 2007 @ 9:06pm

number of humans eaten by sharks each year ? number of sharks eaten by humans each year ? bye bye sharks ! but this is pretty unimportant compared with new technology making it possible to harvest kill in large amounts.
   comment# 71   - middle ground no chance · Panama , rep panama · Apr 30, 2007 @ 5:00am

Stop your whining, it's just a skark. Kill them all for all i care. Do you all not recall all the skark attacks in the gulf a few years back??
   comment# 72   - Alabama slammer · Birmingham, AL USA · May 2, 2007 @ 11:24am

the shark will be here long after man we humans are a bigoted boring race, with nothing to make us happy but the envy of others so sad.
   comment# 73   - david · MARGATE ,FLA · May 2, 2007 @ 12:22pm

Wifes headed to destin this week, better check the life insurance......O ya great catch
   comment# 74   - Tim Irish · Decatur Georgia · May 2, 2007 @ 5:46pm

I hate the people who are hurting our dolphins their kinda,jentle creaturs how would u fell if that was u?
   comment# 75   - shelby whitworth · pulaski,TN · May 3, 2007 @ 8:04pm

Killing for survival is one thing; killing for one's own ego is another.
   comment# 76   - Nancy · Gainesville, FL USA · May 3, 2007 @ 8:22pm

david MARGATE whined: the shark will be here long after man IBen sezz... Not if we fisherman have anything to say about it! LOL...!! Just joking ;) david MARGATE whined: we humans are a bigoted boring race, IBen sezz... I'm very sorry that you hate yourself so much, david. But don't include me in with your sour monotone view of humanity. I love this life. Especially when I know that what I love doing is making it hard for your type! david MARGATE whined: with nothing to make us happy but the envy of others IBen sezz... I never envy others, nor do I seek to be envied. And what I do for sport, I do for my own personal pride and satisfaction. But your kind wouldn't know about anything like that. Self-haters generally don't have any inner pride. That's the first thing to go. You shun it like an anorexic shuns food. And you're just like them, if you ask me. david MARGATE whined: so sad. IBen sezz... Don't rely on your feeeelings so much, david. Can't you see where that trip has taken you? You've been feminized to the point where a simple pleasure like fishing has now taken on sinister proportions. YOU are the only thing that's sad here, my poor lost friend. Get a life. Bait a hook. And for God's sakes... try to feeeeeeel good about something. IBen Getiner
   comment# 77   - IBen Getiner · usenet, www. · May 4, 2007 @ 12:11am

Attack the commercial fisherman... not sportfisherman. Gratz on the catch of a lifetime.
   comment# 78   - Kyle · San Diego · May 4, 2007 @ 5:27pm

to all you save the earth tree huggers i have one thing to say animals are here for us to kill and eat so get over it or eat a soy burger
   comment# 79   - looby · satellite beach florida · May 7, 2007 @ 12:53pm

You want to save sharks? Stop the long liners and finners from killing the '100 million' sharks. Sport fisherman only account for a small fraction of the over all take. A shark like that Mako is bar none the meanist fish in the sea. I've seen even small makos jump 10 feet + out of the water, and if that bad girl jumped in your boat, I wouldn't give a cup of spit for your chances. It is true that sharks re-produce slowly and can be endangered, but IT IS NOT THE SPORT FISHERMEN THAT ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEM. Makos that size are oceanic, deep water fish, and only come inshore to breed. Your average fisherman has very little chance of ever seeing a fish like that, let alone hooking one. While I agree it's sad that a beautiful creature like that was killed (I felt bad when I shot a squirrel) that is one heck of a catch and FIRE UP THE BBQ!
   comment# 80   - Mike Hanson · Huntington Beach, CA · May 8, 2007 @ 10:55am

Way to go guys! I feet alot safer now, I swam at Navarre Beach last Friday and Sunday with my three year old.
   comment# 81   - Boriqua76 · Navarre, Fl · May 8, 2007 @ 12:51pm

Fishing is not a sport. If you want to turn it into a sport then jump in the water with a knife and see who wins, you or the shark. Pulling a shark out with heavy duty tackle isn't a life and death challenge for us. It's just a matter of time before it is pulled it. As long as the animal is utilized for its meat to feed the homeless, I will not have much of a problem with it. At least they are not doing what the Japanese do, cutting the fins off and throwing the rest of the animal back in the sea to die a horrible death.
   comment# 82   - Brian H · Bradenton, Fla · May 10, 2007 @ 6:45am

IBEN Getiner, you write the stupidest and most incoherent posts out of anybody on this website! That is first and foremost. Does anything you say make sense? Because a man has feelings that makes him a feminist? I bet if they cancelled the re-runs of the A team, you would cry like the little, self-concious, women you really are! Jim Hall - Funny you bash me and the city where I and supposedly you are from. We both know, you wouldn't dare say that in PERSON to anybody her in Philly. So continue to sit behind your computer and act tough, but we both know the reason you left is because you a sissy and needed to go hang out with the retirees down in Florida! You probably are sitting right now with your bridge club fishing for sunnies! To everyone else that posted stuff like "makos are killers", "makos are the nastiest fish", "I'm glad you killed that shark, me and my child feel safer", you obviously don't know squat about sharks and are better off keeping your traps shut. Besides Bulls, Tigers, and Great Whites, thier are no other sharks associated with a propensity to attack humans. PLAIN AND SIMPLE! Those 3 sharks i mentioned before rarely attack humans to begin with, so your statements about Makos are ignorant and un-justified. If you are on this website to read stories about fisherman depleting our oceans, that's one thing, but if you don't know what your talking about as far as fish/environment/
   comment# 83   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · May 10, 2007 @ 10:47am

You people are some of the most uneducated, tree hugging, mung bean eating american dimwits that i have ever come across...get your facts right about commercial fishing and rec fishing and who really are the rapers and pillagers of our oceans...sure as hell someone who is out there to make a living from the oceans doesn't want it destroyed, or see species depleated...commercial fishing is managed and monitored and legislated (and yes i am also a female that probably knows more about fishing than most males!!)
   comment# 84   - Bubbles · Australia · May 15, 2007 @ 10:44pm

Didn't England annihilate all of your snake population?!
   comment# 85   - Frogman · Niceville, FL · May 16, 2007 @ 1:31pm

Bubbles - Maybe this is your first time on this website, but just scroll through the last week of the Front Page articles, and you will read story after story of Commercial Fisherman over fishing thier "so called" qoutas! Also, you will read many articles of the so called "legislators" that you mentioned, not doing a good enough job enforcing the so called laws that are in place to protect the fish/quotas. Who cares what sex you are... you should worry more about educating yourself on the state of our oceans, and less on how much more you know about fishing then men!
   comment# 86   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · May 17, 2007 @ 11:03am

Bubbles - The third story on today's Front Page backs up my comments towards you, and completely contradicts the rubbish that you just spewed in your last post. Check it out, and then tell me that commercial fishermen are monitored and legislated as you insisted they were! Once again, you get your damn facts straight before posting your ignorant and stupid comments on this site, and stop accusing others of the one's being incorrect, hmmm kay!
   comment# 87   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · May 18, 2007 @ 10:04am

I once caught a 120 lb shortfin and it took me hours to clean and bag it. I can't imagine how long it would take to chop this beast up. Truth be known, I probably wouldn't have killed it. But I don't fault these guys too much. The vast majority of ALL the above posts are misinformed and politically charged. 1) Humans DO have an impact on shark species. 2) Sportfisherman DO have an impact - although fractional compared to commercial fishing. 3) These guys were COBIA fishing not shark fishing so stop trying to label them as "shark hunters". 4) The Coastal waters of the Gulf Coast are full of sharks, taking a beast like this one out actually makes the multitiude of smaller sharks thrive 5)Makos rarely attack people. 6) sharks rarely attack people - except for the ones who decide to do a little wading waist deep, around a bait ball, at dusk or night, while surf fishing. 7) Mako IS delicious. 8) It's just an animal - some of you people should try making as tough a stand for your religion or country and leave the petty activism to misguided college hippies.
   comment# 88   - Andy · Virginia Beach, VA.. THE USA · May 18, 2007 @ 11:03am

Good job guys. The beaches and swimmers have one less shark to worry about this summer!!
   comment# 89   - Yvette · Berwick, La · May 22, 2007 @ 10:30am

First excuse my Englisch - I think the people who catch the shark are genuine heros. Let them catch the Shark with her own hands, then we can see truth men !!!
   comment# 90   - Frank · Duisburg Germany · May 24, 2007 @ 5:44am

You shark sympathizers make me Sick!. If those fishermen would'nt have killed this Mako, the next thing it would be eating is a Swimmer, instead of a Dolphin he had been chewing on when the came along.Talk to Mrs. Daigle, whose daughter was killed here acouple years ago. The problem with you so-called eco- nuts is that you believe the shark has every right to kill Humans, and don't see aproblem with it. You really need to get a Grip on LIFE!. I have been over the Gulf for several years and have seen Thousands, of Sharks every Year, so don't give me that endangered Crap!.BRING BACK THE SHARK TOURNEY and Sign me UP!!!!
   comment# 91   - Craig Schust · Destin Fl. USA · May 25, 2007 @ 9:09am

"some of you people should try making as tough a stand for your religion or country" Thank you, Andy! And as a vacationer heading for the gulf coast early in the morning, I say cudos to those guys for making the water just a little bit safer for me and my children.
   comment# 92   - Jeff · Northport, Alabama USA · May 25, 2007 @ 8:42pm

   comment# 93   - TONY · READING PA. · May 26, 2007 @ 10:49am

I am neutral on catch and release. I am sure we all understand why these people do this. In favor of it or not, it’s an amazing picture…because of the fish not the men.
   comment# 94   - Sara · USA · May 26, 2007 @ 4:39pm

It is a fish not a person. Do you understand the difference? If you are ever in the woods and a grizzly is chewing on your arm remember....Do not fight back against the magnificent creature he is endangered.
   comment# 95   - Lee · New York,USA · May 29, 2007 @ 12:21pm

Gigantic live shark or gigantic dead shark it’s an interesting picture. With out it would be a bunch of guys and possibly a women standing on a pier. That is all relax. Also Lee you should probably stay away from any small grouping of trees you never know when a grizzly bear will jump out and start chewing on your arm. Or any small standing pools of water you never know when a shark will jump out and start chewing your arm. If either of these scenarios occur you have my permission to do as you see fit.
   comment# 96   - Sara · USA · May 30, 2007 @ 9:52am

Thank God the headlines read "Mako caught" and not Joe or Jane Public killed, GREAT CATCH. Even one person killed by one of these sharks is to many. Tree huggers should go after the giant fisheries over fishing and sending these monsters in to shallower waters, not sport fishermen, most of you if not all you are hypocrits no doubt.
   comment# 97   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 5, 2007 @ 5:05pm

First of all as an avid fisherman I would like to say congrats to the anglers. This is a catch of a lifetime. Secondly I would like to point out that the shark was probably not wasted as mako flesh is good table fair as stated below it was either donated to homeless shelters or distributed to family and friends. If you conservationists want to make a difference do not target the recreational sportsman for the decline of the shark population ("100 million a year"). The recreational fisherman is the one providing the funds to support research and conservation of the species. They also pump billion of dollars into the economy each and every year. From gas to drive to the boat and for the boat to fishing equipment to hotel rooms to getting a dinner at a resturant at the end of the fishing trip. Get real people. If you want to make a difference try stopping the finning of sharks. This is pointless. They cut the fins of a shark and throw the rest back into the ocean. Just for shark fin soup????? But killing a mako that might be a record and that probably provided food for the homeless is WRONG??? So if you want to do something start a petition to stop shark finning. Do something useful with your time and do your research. But that might require you think before you talk, and let go of that tree you have been hugging so long
   comment# 98   - Dennis M · USA · Jun 7, 2007 @ 5:53pm

there will be sharks around way after we are gone, And there demise as of now is in no way the fault of sport and recreational fishing it's amazing to me reading all the comments from these people whom obviously have never really done anything for themselves but go to the store or fast food drivethru to eat, and sit on a computer judging people who are living life. Makos are good to eat they are also one of the fastest sharks and will kill and eat you if given the chance. These and other sharks are coming closer to shore to feed and the idiotic shark feeding boats for tourists don't help, but Dennis M is right go after the commercial fishing co. and try and come back to reality.
   comment# 99   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 10, 2007 @ 7:23pm

To all the people out there that think sharps are such BEAUTIFUL and MAGNIFICENT creatures, I dare you to jump in and give these so called beautiful creatures a hug or a kiss. I know though that you would not go anywhere near the creatures unless you were guaranteed protection from its deadly jaws like say in a cage or way up in a ship, or in some type of controlled environment. You know, one of the most interesting things about you people is that you are so quick to call those that don't agree with your point of view IDIOTS, IGNORAMOUS, RETARDED, UNEDUCATED ETC. How sad that we would fight over things like this, no wonder our country is so messed up! People like these are so hypocritical. I can almost guarantee though that as soon as they or someone they know get attacked by this shark or one of its cousins, then they will start calling for EVERYONE to kill the sharks and to hell with their future existence. Also to John from Houston "Man is an ignorant and retarded creature," this comment is so amusing. I sure hope that you are getting help, since you have such a low opinion of yourself.
   comment# 100   - Mary Hartshorn · Killeen, Texas · Jun 11, 2007 @ 4:15pm

And John is from Texas? comparing killing people to a shark being killed by a fisherman with a rod and reel and a hook with bait on it, get help john and you must have moved to Texas SURELY YOU WEREN'T RAISED HERE
   comment# 101   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 11, 2007 @ 9:45pm

If you swim in the waters around Florida, you will agree with me. GREAT CATCH GUYS!!! Shark tastes good and what a trophy! For the rest of you, I understand your ignorance and don't hold it against you, I was there once. One day, if you ever have hundreds of dollars of meat and fish in you freezer that you didn't pay a dime for and had lots of fun catching or hunting it, you'll understand. Until then, if you and your families ever vacation to our beautiful Sunshine State, feel comfortable that this shark isn't lurking in the shadows of the beach.
   comment# 102   - A. Charlene · North Florida · Jun 12, 2007 @ 9:00am

That is a spectacular catch im glad to see it and for all those bitchin i hope you eat chicken and beef damn hypocrits. GREAT FISH guys.
   comment# 103   - Kegan Campbell · Conroe, Texas · Jun 14, 2007 @ 8:27pm

some of these comments are stupid.....they killed the fish big deal....if the shark was about to eat you whole, im sure u would want the thing dead wouldnt u.....huge shark nice catch....i go 2 seagrove beach florida every year and i dont want that thing in the water
   comment# 104   - wmh · sug town arkansas · Jun 14, 2007 @ 8:43pm

This isn't population control, sport or any other version of a ridiculous excuse for killing a shark of this size. Population control is what we do to deer, rabbit, etc; Many sharks, such as this mako, are endangered. Most sharks do not reproduce until they reach a certain size, and most do not produce but 2-3 live offspring (which isn't a lot). Now that this shark has been so carelessly removed for the sake of sport, now there is one less shark in the ocean, and even fewer in the long run b/c it, nor it's offspring will ever mate. Many people have replied to this article telling people, such as myself, to get educated on the topic. However, it sounds like the only really educated people have made any real sense. You people that agree with these fishermen are the root of why this planet is screwed up and why so many things that go wrong are attributed to man. Watch a fornicating special on Discovery Channel about sharks and see if the sentiment is the same. Sharks don't eat people on purpose. If you go into the jungle and get eaten by a lion, is that the lion's fault or yours. The ocean isn't a swimming pool, it's the wilderness. It's meant to be enjoyed, but don't remove the wild from the wild just because you are ignorant and paranoid.
   comment# 105   - Mark Yelton · Charlotte, NC · Jun 20, 2007 @ 4:33am

how about when i see you pulling sharks out of the ocean and not putting them back i sink your vessel in shark infested waters.
   comment# 106   - Pirate · in a boat near you · Jun 20, 2007 @ 4:37am

Mako's are not endangered! I believe nut jobs such as "pirate" and the rest of you whackos are the root of all problems. Over extreme, fanatics, spouting falsehoods on topics most of you know nothing about. Not just in conservation but religion, politics etc. etc. And most of you mullets don't do anything but put down insult and threaten people that probably spend more on conservation in one fishing season then you will your entire life. just like the Taliban and These "ECO"groups who are burning down condos and other extremist people who live by emotions, manipulations, falsehoods and ignorance You are the problem. Count how many of you sickos threaten fishermen and put fish life above human life. KEEP ON FISHING,IT'S A GREAT FAMILY SPORT
   comment# 107   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 20, 2007 @ 8:35am

Isurus oxyrinchus - Shortfin Mako Shark "The world's affinity for shark fin soup and the delectable flesh of the shortfin mako has lead to a decrease in population numbers. Worldwide, the shortfin mako is not only subject to overharvesting by direct hunting, they are also often by-catch victims of the tuna and swordfish fishing industries. As a result, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has included the shortfin mako on their list of "managed" pelagic sharks. The NMFS has reduced the number of commercial and recreational shortfin mako catches allowed per year by 50% in an attempt to counter act its declining numbers. However, the NMFS regulations apply only to the United State's Atlantic and Gulf waters. Also hastening their population decrease is their slow reproductive rate."
   comment# 108   - Mr. Mean · Miami, FL · Jun 20, 2007 @ 8:53am

Assuming your stats are correct, there you have it, Makos are not endangered! There's also a population decrease in sensible thinking people worldwide. Commercial overfishing is the leading problem in the marine eco system. KEEP ON FISHING IT'S GREAT FAMILY SPORT
   comment# 109   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 20, 2007 @ 9:06am

4 Shark Steaks In a side saucepan, heat 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup of white whime, 3 tablespoons of butter and some capers. Sprinkle Shark Steaks to taste with following (cayenne pepper, kosher salt, thyme, rosemary and paprika), Grill the Shark, flipping twice, once grilled, pour side sauce on top and serve. Enjoy!
   comment# 110   - Glen · Pittsburgh, Pa · Jun 21, 2007 @ 3:33am

Mr Mean: The last line in your article is "Also hastening their population decrease is their slow reproductive rate". While trying to prove your point, you only further proved mine. They reproduce slowly, and only after they reach a certain size. Removing a species that already reproduces at a slow rate is all the more reason to not friggin remove them! Thanks for proving my point man. Have fun ruining the oceans for our future generations. Take care.
   comment# 111   - Mark Yelton · Charlotte, NC · Jun 21, 2007 @ 5:40am

Thanks Glen, I'm going surf fishing in Galveston in July, hope I get a chance to try this recipe, it sounds good, I also like white worchestire sauce, KEEP ON FISHING.
   comment# 112   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 21, 2007 @ 8:17am

Brian from Virginia Your posting couldn't be said any better "We are destroying this planet and all its creatures, one "world record" at a time.
   comment# 113   - Richard · SanDiego, Ca · Jun 22, 2007 @ 1:55pm

Wow, and just think what else maybe out there....
   comment# 114   - Sarah · Melbourne,FL · Jun 23, 2007 @ 2:02pm

Shutup to all you tree huggers talking about why are we killing all these "beautiful fish." They are beautiful until you run into one of them in the water and think your dinner! But you should see the sharks we catch in Texas. You know what they say, EVERYTHING IS BIGGER IN TEXAS!
   comment# 115   - Derrick H. · Port Aransas Texas! · Jun 27, 2007 @ 7:02pm

Mark Yelton - Great piece. Well stated and too the point! It's so funny reading these comments. All these rednecks calling us "tree huggers" and "idiots". Then you read their comments and it just floors me how pathetically uneducated they really are. I guess it's a defense mechanism they use to hide their ignorance from themselves. Everything you said Mark was right on the money. The only thing I would add, even though you mentioned it, so I guess stress would be a better word, is that Mako's are not killers. In fact thier has been 1, that's right 1 confirmed death due to a Mako shark in the United States in the last 100 years! So to all you who are saying that these sharks are killers, you have no idea what in the world you are talking about. ROBERT ROLIN who the hell do you think you are? I read your posts, you rant about your opinions on every story on this website. The funny part is, I can tell you think you are speaking on intelligence. The sad truth is, You are by far one of the least intelligent people on this site, and your posts are consistently filled with more incorrect garbage then anybody else on this site! You really need to take the straw out of your nose, and turn on the Discovery Channel or read a book and educate yourself on the matters you so loosely claim expertise on!
   comment# 116   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Jun 28, 2007 @ 10:02am

Thank You Brendan Maas, you every word out of you towards me or any other sensible person has to be a compliment. You not only distort the truth about these subjects but insult anyone and everyone that disagrees with your fanatical thinking on every one of your posts. IT'S you whom have ignited a desire in me to speak out on these subjects more then ever before, you obviously have never had a real life so you cry on your posts and flounder to have an opinion on marine life pretending you actually do something to help our environment. You Brendan actually help prove not only my point on how some of you fanatics are but also how uneducated and unrealistic you are as well. Your only rebuttal on conservation issues is to spout insults and you must pull your fictional statistics out your bum. You and fanatics alike hurt real conservation efforts because no one you s serious and tend to put you in the same group with other more reasonable thinking people that actually do something to help marine and wildlife conservation.
   comment# 117   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 28, 2007 @ 3:12pm

Good catch down there in Florida. Heck of a fish. Brendan from Philly, you must feel bigger and smarter to insult every person that disagrees with you man. You will hurt any cause that you try to help because of your antics and rantings. Go fishing, relax, enjoy life.
   comment# 118   - Captain Ron · South Padre Island, Texas · Jun 28, 2007 @ 10:11pm

Well it seems Some of my comments were edited, probably better judgement but I will answer your one reasonable Q, BM, " who the hell do you think you are". I am a Texas fisherman who saw a story on the evening news about a 512lb 9ft bull shark that was caught in a Texas bay in shallow waters. Seeking more info I found this marvelous and informative website but to my astonishment I also realized how many mis-informed people, hypocrits, plain ol' liars, and whackos like you who doesn't know your ### from a hole in the ground posting comments. It's one thing to disagree with sport fishing everyone is entitled to their opinion but you just insult and degrade, thats the highlight of your intelligience. Keep on fishing it's great family sport
   comment# 119   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 29, 2007 @ 8:25pm

Awesome fish! Thats a big Mako.You guys have to excuse Brendan Maas he's one of the few losers from Philly, we all know he's a chump. He would shat his pants even standing next to this big shark on the dock. Way to go down in the sunshine state, good catch, yeh way
   comment# 120   - Joe L · Philadelphia,PA · Jun 29, 2007 @ 11:06pm

awesome catch! great job guys. not too many things are as exciting as hooking up a monster like that with your buddies. all of you enviromentalist crybabies should do your homework before you start with your psycobabble nonsense. in case you haven't heard, shark meat is very scrumpdillyicious. somehow i don't think they just tossed "charley" in the dumpster when they were done taking pictures.
   comment# 121   - desert rat · tucson U S A · Jul 1, 2007 @ 1:44pm

Didn't he say the thing almost sank the one boat, but didn't only because the shark got tired? If this large shark were on another unsuspecting man's hook on another boat, it could have killed him and anyone on the boat. I say it's a good catch and it makes traveling on the ocean that much safer. No big words required to figure out which is more important. Studying the species as a whole and not studying the individual danger the shark was to small fishing boats is wrong. Your studies should be on safety first. A truly inteligent person would know that, but a snob who likes to throw big words into peoples faces does not.
   comment# 122   - Susan · U.S.A · Jul 3, 2007 @ 9:09pm

Robert, excellent English you have. Your posts are always so coherent, haha. You sure do have good grasp on the English language. I'm not a fanatic, it just flat out enrages me how uneducated and loosely some of you people talk about subjects you clearly know nothing about. If you take the insults out of my posts, and actually research and read up on any of the facts I have stated, they are 100% true! Just so you know what I do, I just got back from a 2 year stint in Australia, right of the Gold Coast, I studied everything from Prawns to Bull Sharks, and in those 2 years went up and down the East Coast of Australia, studying and doing research on some of the worlds most beautiful animals. I studied at Bond Uni, look it up, returned here to Philadelphia, to hopefully finish up on my dissertation and get my M.S and P.HD in Marine Biology. So to Captain Ron, Robert, and Joe the real loser from Philly ( have fun fishing in the schukyill river, which you probably helped pollute out of control) I know what I'm talking about, and have the credentials to back it up. The question is do you? I didn't think so, keep to your fantasy worlds and enjoy continuing to deplete our oceans of the apex predators it needs to survive. Your grandchildren I'm sure will thank you!
   comment# 123   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Jul 12, 2007 @ 9:50am

WHAT A FISH, now thats a fact! If you take the insults out of your posts theres nothing left,B.M.! I have read ALL your posts that are on at least 7 sites and there are no facts, theres maybe 5% of your opinion of facts and theres 5% ranting & raving and then theres 90% insults to person and nationalities. That seems to be your M.O. you can't just disagree with someone, your right their wrong and then you insult them or want them to die. YOU B.M are a fanatic, in more then one post you advocate the death of a human for fishing, nothing else but fishing. You B.M are also a hypocrit and a liar, stating that you always catch and release your catch, EVERY FISHERMAN knows some fish die, foul hook, exhaustion,etc etc.. Did your mommy and daddy not hug you enough, are you that low on self esteem, that you have to try and boast of your credentials that are probably exaggerated on a web site and insult people because they disagree with you. MY CHILDREN and my grandchildren will KEEP ON FISHING IT'S GREAT FAMILY SPORT.
   comment# 124   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 12, 2007 @ 8:11pm

I like the post by B.MAAS where he states "AND in a 100 years when your children and granchildren are asking you what happened to all the fish"How long do you think we live B.M. THE FISH WILL STILL BE HERE B.M but we will be long gone. Now I don't know about your family IN A 100 YEARS but my granchildren will still be fishing and thinking about the many good times and good eating fish they caught in the past with me showing them how, KEEP ON FISHING IT'S GREAT FAMILY SPORT
   comment# 125   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 12, 2007 @ 8:24pm

I love all sharks ... fried, kabob, grilled, blackened ... never tried sushi though. I could take a bite out of one as he swims by :) Rather it the shark than our children! Hang loose!
   comment# 126   - Sandy · Pensacola, FL · Jul 20, 2007 @ 8:14am

All of the "educated" derelicts running around fascinate me. Give me a son or daughter with raw ocean experience, the one who's been enjoying their sport when a big hammerhead cruises by and would rather enjoy him on the barbie than observe him in the ocean.
   comment# 127   - Sailor Surfer · Navarre Beach, FL · Jul 20, 2007 @ 8:43am

That is a catch of a lifetime, well worth the time , money, effort and belly aching from all these yahoos!! My rug rats will be wanting to catch one bigger and with good timing the right bait and a little luck they will.
   comment# 128   - Captain Ron · South Padre Island, Texas · Jul 20, 2007 @ 3:28pm

   comment# 129   - joe · port arthur texas · Jul 22, 2007 @ 2:05am

you go Sandy, you've got a lot of Bull sharks as well down there, and blackened is GOOD. raw fish naa, only if I had to .
   comment# 130   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 22, 2007 @ 7:55pm

all of your comments are moronic, this fish was foul hooked with a jig... after it wouldn't take a bait.... because it had a dolphin already.... that's not sport.... these cobia fisherman should stick to cobia.... it would have been a nice catch... if one man touched the rod after it took a bait and the little school girls didn't beg for help from a bigger boat!
   comment# 131   - paul · new york · Jul 24, 2007 @ 12:13pm

that was a great fish but it should have been released because that shark would have laid tons of eggs the cobia fisherman should keep only cobia not monster makos
   comment# 132   - adam · usa · Jul 26, 2007 @ 6:20am

good effort all round i feel. must of been a killer fight. keep it up lads
   comment# 133   - jack · australia · Jul 29, 2007 @ 9:24pm

Spent 12 years in Philly. Brendan lives down around Walnut I imagine. Here's my challenge to all you fish farts out there. Put on a pair of manly jeans, find an old T-shirt, grow a pair, and try a mako steak. You will no longer be bothered by fishermen bringing in the most delectable offering you can ever have this side of a blue fin tuna.
   comment# 134   - drew3rd · Corpus Christi, Texas · Jul 31, 2007 @ 1:59pm

yer i think its good that you got another shark. personally a think there are to many sharks
   comment# 135   - jimmmy · Australia · Jul 31, 2007 @ 8:29pm

Sad thing is these moron's snagged this fish with a cobia jig (no wire used) while eating a dolphin. Fish never knew it was hooked. Had big boat pull up along side and gaff it and fish went nuts. Then tried to turn it in for a world record, which was quicly denied. Sad way for such a fish to go. These gomer's should be ashamed.
   comment# 136   - RCS · San Antonio · Aug 2, 2007 @ 6:39pm

Well, a lot if these comments dont surprise me. Fi you dont want to get biten by a shark dont go into its territory. We are the invaders in their world, not the other way round. It is a scientific proven fact that sharks are in a decline because of the sensless slaughter that has been displayed here. Sharks take years to mature enough to breed and we humans kill about 100 million world wide a year. Its SIMPLE maths. If this kind of slaughter continues the shark populations of the world will be gone, and with then a delicate part of the worlds eco system. I would suggest that those people on here that are agressively pro shark fishing should read... Anything really, start with a Peter and jane book and then work up to say: The Jaws of Death: Sharks as Predator, Man as Prey by Xavier Maniguet. It is indeed tragic when someone has been hurt by one of these creatures, but every single interview i have seen with a 'bite' victim they state they dont blame the shark, it was their fault. I also think that a few people here might want to explore the rest of the world instead of been so inward looking that they only thing the USA exists and the rest of the world is there to serve them, the last folks that thought like that were well and truly thrashed by the rest of us. Please insert insulting un-educated badly reasoned comments here:.....
   comment# 137   - Chris · England UK · Aug 3, 2007 @ 8:06am

i think you might need a bigger boat, remember jaws!
   comment# 138   - william · rochester,usa · Aug 3, 2007 @ 12:47pm

There is NO SCIENTIFIC evidence that sport or rod and reel fishing has depleted any species of shark.THE 100 MILLION you so factually throw out is in fact not an accurate count and even all you Al gore alarmist cannot seem to agree on the number of sharks killed world wide annually. I WILL AGREE that commercial fishing and the shark finning actions worldwide is killing and wasting sharks and other species by the millions each and every year. Why dont all you shark lovers and doomsday activist participate in protests or other ways of showing your concerns against companies or the giant commercial fishing practices. Instead at least 95% of you resort to insulting and demeaning people who like to live life and enjoy fishing with rod and reel and mainly disagree with your OPINION. Most importantly CHRIS FROM UK,, please watch what you say about the USA, and your remarks about people thinking the rest of the world exists to serve them and the last folks were trashed,, it is a fact without the USA ,YOU would be part of that regime along with France,,, Keep on fishing its great family sport
   comment# 139   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Aug 3, 2007 @ 5:57pm

nice catch, I have caught many makos and I can't imagine seeing an animal of this size breach the water. All you tree huggers need to stop wasting your time on the internet and go pick up trash in the side of a highway. For me, I'm going to fish until winter, then hunt until summer. Some men haven't been tamed and are proud to still call ourselves men.
   comment# 140   - josh · Port Aransas · Aug 5, 2007 @ 11:43am

I love to fish dont get me wrong, saltwater all the way but you can catch and release you dont need to kill one of the most advanced predators and say "UH Hyuk looky what i gots me billy bob" take pics with something to reference it to and DO THE MATH YOU
   comment# 141   - Baron Feyd · sarasota · Aug 7, 2007 @ 8:40am

I'm going to Navarre Beach in a week for our vacation...I'm glad I won't be meeting THAT bad boy in the water...good job!
   comment# 142   - Liz · Louisiana · Aug 8, 2007 @ 2:01am

wow. that mako shark is huge. a little tip be careful when shark hunting! it is scry to believe a mako shark maybe a world record! i am not going in the ocean far out anymore after seeing this picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 143   - amanda · i am from new york · Aug 12, 2007 @ 7:14am

HA. all the shark whiners live inland or don't even fish. If you have a problem with it go save em. But stay out of a real man's sport. There is an rear orifice load of sharks still in the waters. Quit bitching. I wish I could kick everyone of your rear orifices for whining about it.
   comment# 144   - Louie · Destin, FL · Aug 18, 2007 @ 4:24pm

I am glad those fisherman caught and killed that shark before it attacked children or swimmers on the beach. A shark that size just a few feet from shore is dangerous on family beaches around the gulf coast. And Mako sharks are not native to the gulf coast that I am aware of so what was it doing there and where did it come from?
   comment# 145   - Carol · Birmingham, AL · Aug 22, 2007 @ 7:38am

I don't care if you use dynamite to bring them in, kill all the sharks you can!!! They interfere with my fun.
   comment# 146   - Sandy · Pensacola, FL · Aug 27, 2007 @ 10:09am

Chris, from England, you couldn't have ended your post with a more fitting line. "Please insert insulting un-educated badly reasoned comments here:....." Just look at the moronic comments that followed! And people wonder why the south is the black eye of this country!? They should just read these un-educated posts, and they would have their answer! Their is one common trait all of these idiots share, they are all from the south! Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Texas.... too funny! Chris, it's sad to say, but your Peter and Jane book suggestion I think is a little too advanced for the people we are trying to reason with. I think the Sunday comics is about as advanced as they can deal with. Enjoy continuing to deplete OUR oceans you morons!
   comment# 147   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Sep 11, 2007 @ 11:00am

All that wasted money, sending you to school B.M from philly, all you know is insults and garbage, everyone knows that you are a whack job now they can see your prejudices too. Now is it OUR oceans are is it the sharks oceans..would you make up your mind hilary.. what a big Bowel.Movement.
   comment# 148   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Sep 11, 2007 @ 7:13pm

B.M. YOUR so blinded by your own ego I guess you didn't see the posts from, philly, pittsburg, new york, virginia, australia, california, iowa, new jersey, tenn., colorado, arizona all people from different areas with a different view then your whacked out view.
   comment# 149   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Sep 12, 2007 @ 9:27pm

Dear Brendan, Then keep your Yanks up north. Tell yo mamma an em we be purty sick of snowbirds migrating to Florida.
   comment# 150   - Sandy · Pensacola · Sep 13, 2007 @ 7:19am

They are so stupid. Fish are like us. humans and i think anyone who is willing to gut one open for anything is nothing but a murderer
   comment# 151   - Chanel DeMalmanche · Westport via waimangaroa · Sep 15, 2007 @ 7:27pm

Fish are like us? where are you from?
   comment# 152   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Sep 18, 2007 @ 10:38am

why r people still killing sharks that is a huge giant they should have just checked it, why did they kill it.
   comment# 153   - ra · bermy · Sep 21, 2007 @ 12:24pm

All you tree huggers need to shut the hell up...fisherman have not decimated the shark population, its the dragger boats and the fin hunting boats that just cut off the fins and throw the sharks back alive to just suffocate at the depths of the deep before you start pointing at you finger in our faces saying us sharkers are the ones who have killed most of them check yourself and do some damn research!!!i have caught many a shark and i have came close to setting a north carolina state record, but i do not at all means just go and slay shark for fun, i fish them for the fight they put up, i have caught larger sharks than most people dream of!! if i kill and keep a shark then thats my business not yours!!! i eat the fish i keep as do many more anglers... OBXSHARKER
   comment# 154   - dalton hilton AKA. obxsharker · FREDRICKSBURG VA · Sep 25, 2007 @ 4:04pm

Robert Rolin - Try to put together a cohesive sentence, for just once, before you tell me that I wasted money on my education! That goes for you too Sandy. "Ignorance is mans greatest excuse" - sums up your viewpoints just about perfectly!
   comment# 155   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Oct 9, 2007 @ 2:00pm

Even for an Al gore doomsday fanatic B.m. you really are pathetic. First you show your true whacked out thoughts by insulting every state south of Ohio then you try and insult people who notice your mistakes and untruths. You are whats going wrong with America. Idiotic ranting about animals rights and insulting others who live in the real world not some fanatical humans must die before these fish do la la land. Try doing something constuctive in life ,give to conservation programs like these sportsmen do,, and keep on fishing enjoy life its great family sport
   comment# 156   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 9, 2007 @ 5:49pm

I'm guessing B.m. that Chanel DeMalmanchie's sentence in which she states "fish are like us humans" is more coherant for you. Your statement of the south being the black eye of this country sums you up quite well Brendan Maas from Philadelphia. Dalton Hilton Keep on fishing
   comment# 157   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 10, 2007 @ 9:52pm

Once again Robert, good cohesive sentences. You are truly intelligent. I have no idea where Mr. Chenel DeMelmanche is from, nor does it matter. All I know is I'm done arguing with you on topics you clearly have no education about. You spend too much time on this website, just waiting to spread your ignorant opinions on to others. I have acted childish myself, wasting too much precious time arguing with retards like you. I give a lot of money and my time to conservation programs and charities. How can you make the assumption that us "tree huggers" don't!? You my friend are the whacko, you need to stop spending so much time on this site telling everyone that "fishing is a great family sport" and get a life! Let me tell you something Robert, I do not in anyway wish the harm of a human before that of an animal, but if our oceans become depleted of fish, which almost every scientist has said will happen in the next 50 to 100 years if things don't change(you wouldn't know this because you only read the stories on here with pictures), there will be a hell of a lot more human deaths to to starvation and depression then you can imagine! Millions will lose thier jobs, and even more will starve! You have no idea what your talking about, and you are exactly the type of person that really saddens me, because your the reason things won't change fast enough to save these beautiful animals WE SHARE the world with. I'm done with you
   comment# 158   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Oct 11, 2007 @ 7:18am

Good riddance B.M.! Having an opinion for or against sport fishing is one thing but making statements about people being killed, eaten or maimed by animals is nothing short of whacko. If you don't wish the harm of humans then don't write on these sites that they should be killed by an animal that has been legally taken. ON more then 5 different sites concerning sharks, whalesharks or gators B.M. YOU have advocated the death of a human because of the legal harvesting of an animal. You B.M.have insulted everyone that has a different opinion then yours. On one whaleshark story you insulted an entire country because of individual actions.ON this site just a few lines up you insulted every southern state because of various opinions that differ from yours even though you conveniently ignored the statements that are against yours from several areas from northern states and other countries. By refering to me and others who look at life thru optimistical eyes and live and enjoy what this earth has to offer as retards once again displays how boxed in your mind must be. You B.M. are the chief reason for my spreading the word on this marvelous site for people to enjoy legal sportfishing and also to practice conservation as the majority of sportsmen do. Life is and will be wonderful for those who look for it but to those who look towards doom and gloom the future will always seem bleak. There are major issues concerning are planet but sportfishing and hunting isn't one of the nega
   comment# 159   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Oct 11, 2007 @ 9:11pm

If you encourage this sort killing, you are an less than intelligent person! WHEN WILL YOU LEARN WHAT'S GOING ON!? Why would you kill a shark? Huh? It doesn't make you brave, or strong, it makes you a killer, not the fish! Jaws sould never had been made about sharks, it should have been made about the less than intelligent person humans killing off the sharks!
   comment# 160   - Bex · cape, florida · Oct 21, 2007 @ 3:12pm

Have you ever heard of finning?
   comment# 161   - Amanda · Kingman,Az · Oct 26, 2007 @ 12:30am

Have you ever heard of commercial fishing, longlines, by-catches, giant corporations. These are the people or entities you should be hassleing not legal sport fishermen.
   comment# 162   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Nov 17, 2007 @ 9:29am

Are you serious?! You all who love killing sharks are throw'n the whole population away! Are you all crazy? Think of this, you just killied a little baby's mom!!! I'm only 11. When I get older, I'm gonna be a shark biologist. It'll be payback time for all you shark killers!!!!!
   comment# 163   - margeaux · cincinnati, OH · Nov 24, 2007 @ 11:14am

I'm still trying to get a point across on this site. Don't fault sport fishermen or fisherwomen. That's sport and it's one shark! Go after the longliners, drift gillnets, and tuna boats. Millions of sharks of all sizes and ages - not one - millions!!! It's also manta rays, marine turtles, dolphins = everything!
   comment# 164   - Andy Burton · Manzanillo, Mexico · Nov 28, 2007 @ 7:49pm

Good point Andy.
   comment# 165   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Dec 1, 2007 @ 9:02am

I am the son of one of the anglers of this monstrous fish. I know the real story. This fish was caught 1/2 miles of the coast. Hence, only yards away from swimmers. Would all of you conservationist hippie naysayers be so worried about the "ecosystem" if the goddamn shark ate you?
   comment# 166   - BigMikeOsley · Gulf Breeze, FL · Dec 4, 2007 @ 2:02pm

There have been 2 (yes TWO!) documented cases of fatal attacks on humans from a shortfin mako in the history of record keeping. So yes, I'd happily swim in waters "infested" with shortfin mako any day. Where do you people get your unsubstantiated fear and your completely illogical justification for this type "entitled" killing for sport? Sharks as big as this one taste like crap, so I can't imagine you killed it for food. Commercial fishers kill to put food on the table. You people are guilty of the shameful act of killing for personal pleasure, or killing to compensate for some other lack of manliness. You people disgust me and you give responsible fishers and hunters a bad name!
   comment# 167   - Kevin "Sharkman" Jenkins · Cedar Key, FL · Dec 5, 2007 @ 10:29pm

Judging from your post Kevin sharkman, you don't need any help at getting a bad name. You would gladly swim in shark infested waters? Taking a trophy fish is a once in a lifetime achievment.Get off your high horse sharkman.
   comment# 168   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Dec 7, 2007 @ 3:42pm

I am sick of seeing the human race sees a beautiful record shark and instead of leaving it be to make more possible record sharks we jump at the chance to kill it to get a picture with it!!! not only do we destroy our selves but the rest of nature with us!!!!!! our race does not deserve the right to exist!!
   comment# 169   - jim burlingame · troy,USA · Dec 11, 2007 @ 8:27am

We not only deserve to exist but deserve to have a Merry Christmas! I wish you ALL a Merry Christmas
   comment# 170   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Dec 14, 2007 @ 8:57pm

kill them all, there all useless.
   comment# 171   - musser · rochester, pa · Dec 15, 2007 @ 12:29pm

All the people talking about shark attacks and such. I can understand killing a rattle snake by your kids swing set. But there is no way a shark can just come up to your kid and bite its head off. You have to put your child in his back yard first. It is silly to justify killing an animal in its own habitat so that on the occation you come vacation by the coast you kid might not get attacked by that particular shark. Most of the attacks around here are on tourorist who are swimming at dusk when sharks feed any ways. Go swim in a pool if you are the worried.
   comment# 172   - nic · pensacola florida · Dec 31, 2007 @ 6:16am

i think shark killikg is wrong and it should be stopped
   comment# 173   - paola · new jersey · Jan 12, 2008 @ 2:53pm

   comment# 174   - shaniqua · alabama · Jan 12, 2008 @ 2:56pm

Regarding Brendan Maas’ comments – If you look past the many, many insults and ignorance towards the South and other continents, I believe he is trying to look out for the well-being of animals. Unfortunately this was not expressed very well but I hope you can agree that the right intentions exist. I am a female and don’t appreciate the comments made about men being feminized because they support the life within the oceans. You clearly are afraid of losing your man-hood and hide behind sport. What I suggest is that you open your eyes to all life and accept it as beautiful. You should call yourself lucky that there is no being greater than human to rip the life from you for FUN. I will not call myself an expert on the dangers of sharks and other life within the oceans; however, I do know that life and death is to occur naturally and should not result out of sport. Until there is stronger legislation to support and monitor the life in our oceans, I say the killing must end. I certainly do not want to hinder the ocean’s future because the present generation found enjoyment out of eating what they caught!
   comment# 175   - Molly · Portland, Oregon · Jan 15, 2008 @ 12:06pm

In regards to "Lumpfish" first post, you try and hold a 1000lb mako at the side of the boat while u measure it and estimate its weight, i think the shark would have other ideas. Grow a brain.
   comment# 176   - Nath · Geelong, Australia · Feb 15, 2008 @ 10:49am

So you don't eat meat are you a Veggie freak or what Miss Molly from Oregon...Great Catch by the way hell of a task on 30lb line..
   comment# 177   - Cpt. Octavian · Texas Born and Raised · Feb 21, 2008 @ 10:38am

Great catch. That thing is huge and you caught it on 30lb line! Awesome!
   comment# 178   - Bobie · i'm not gonna tell ya, what's it to ya · Feb 26, 2008 @ 6:47pm

Wow a big monk shark which that weights 1,063 thousand monk fish...unbelievable.
   comment# 179   - Jac · USA · Mar 2, 2008 @ 3:53pm

alot of the comments here have said its only one shark let them fish...or it was a man killer and it deserved to die... we are swimming in there oceans!!! we do not need to take our children to the beach. if your so worried about being killed by a shark then dont go in the sea! the day a shark walks on land and kills someone...then maybe they should be hunted...untill then leave them alone! if every person in australia killed a shark and thought "its only one what difference to the eco system would that make?" then that would be 20 MILLION SHARKS MURDERED! people need to stop being selfish and realise that we need a future for our children...
   comment# 180   - jess · australia · Mar 21, 2008 @ 3:38am

fish sure are getting bigger these day don' you think??
   comment# 181   - nazrin · Selangor,Malaysia · Mar 22, 2008 @ 8:50am

   comment# 182   - Captain Bartylla · Fish City · Mar 27, 2008 @ 6:55pm

it doesn't suprise me that the majority of the ignorent and pompous morons are from Texas. Thats excluding John, and Im sure he's happy he's not originally from there!!!
   comment# 183   - nate · canada · Apr 22, 2008 @ 12:06am

nate from canada, you live in a beautiful country. Please stay there!
   comment# 184   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Apr 22, 2008 @ 5:42pm

First of all! they are not commercial fisherman second of all, they save a lot of small fish by catching the big ones and maybe including your boring life, Third! small shark left me a scar on my leg! Now this is very small! this size have the ability to eat all of your family including you hypocrites. Try to go to fish markets and start giving them moral lesson about your shark head mentality, protect seals,sea lions and whale,dolphin and also sharks but sharks commercially catch!!!listen carefully "COMMERCIALLY" because sharks prey seals, sealion,whale, or your MAMA, maybe all of you educator need to experience what I experience so can educate me! why shark kills. I have PADI open water diving Certification, you don't even know what that means, meaning we are train to detect danger and the only danger we face every time underwater is your lovely shark! LOVELY! how come they are so lovely they attack everybody including you, soon! I'm against commercial shark fishing, but this guy above is a saviour to your friends and family! i believe everything happen for a reason and the reason is, that monster is about to attack you and your boring well educated friends above, some child is breathing today because of the HAPPY INDIVIDUAL ABOVE. THE only EXTINCT is your well educated hateful mind about happy people trying to catch big. Nature will take its course, like dinosaurs lovely eating monster and i hope one day the shark will take bite from your a
   comment# 185   - CRIS A. DIGAMO · WASHINGTON DC · Apr 30, 2008 @ 9:52pm

The dive operator that ran a shark expedition where a diver was killed by a shark bite had been warned to stop the practice of "dangerous" shark interactions in the islands of the Bahamas. Neal Watson, president of the Bahamas Dive Association, warned in a letter last year which went to all dive companies operating in the Bahamas, to cease and desist "conducting open-water non-cage shark diving experiences with known species of potentially dangerous sharks, such as tiger sharks, bull sharks, hammerhead sharks, lemon sharks & mako sharks." The letter goes on to say "some dive operators have chosen to disregard standard safe-diving practices as it relates to interactions with tiger sharks and other potentially dangerous species of sharks, in various locations within the waters of The Islands of The Bahamas." On Sunday, Riviera Beach, Florida-based Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures was conducting a dive expedition to interact with tiger and hammerhead sharks in the Bahamas when an Austrian diver, Marcus Groh, was bitten on the leg by what is believed to be a bull shark. A Coast Guard helicopter airlifted Groh, 49, to a Miami hospital where he died hours later as a result of his shark bite injuries. Abernethy's Scuba Adventures, HERE'S THE PASTE FROM THE DIVER THAT GOT KILLED BY YOUR LOVELY SHARKS, WHERE'S YOU BLEEDING HEART ON HIM AND HIS FAMILY. WE ARE EXTINCT WHEN SHARK IS AROUND US.
   comment# 186   - CRIS A. DIGAMO · WASHINGTON DC · Apr 30, 2008 @ 9:58pm

All you idiots who can't understand what is going on in the world's oceans with comments like 'kepping one fish won't hurt' if everyone though like you we'd be had relations with.
   comment# 187   - steve · Turks and Caicos · May 10, 2008 @ 9:01pm

Mankind has only been around for a couple of hundred thousand years. Dinosaurs were around for millions of years. Sharks have been a live longer than both, are still here, and will be here, for years to come. but for those who think the ocean is ours, keep telling yourselves that. we know more about space than we do our own ocean, that goes to show you how much of it is "ours". you might as well claim space while your at it. we have earth as a "lease". Just as you pay a damage fee for a leased car,our fee would be to deprive future generations to marvel at these "older than human" creatures. as people we claim things that can not be claimed, and that is pretty funny. the ocean is more of the sharks property than it ever would be human. we do not breathe water to live, and we do not swim to move. instead of complaining over 1 recreational kill, complain about the thousands killed throughout the course of one year. your pointing the microscope at the problem. even though 1 fish amounts to more fish it doesn't come close to the overall picture. that being said, people shouldn't kill every large shark because it might be a record. this one happened to be a record, so congratulations on that effort.
   comment# 188   - Javier · Miami, Fl · May 12, 2008 @ 4:18pm

Reading through this list of comments really woke me up to the general attitude of the common american. Within this collection of 'posts' are some of the most saddening insights into the minds of such a large nation. Insulting people for not wanting to destroy their world seems to come up a lot, the selfish attitudes of 'we can now go swimming', and 'sharks are there to be food' also. You live in such a powerful nation, in that you have a lot of money and guns, but intellectually you are bankrupt. I'm sorry for all those Americans out there who are intelligent and can see what is wrong with the mindset you guys created, because it must be even harder living and working around such ignorant people. But to all of you free thinkers out there, do not give up hope, ignorance is only a hindrance on a long journey to sort out the terrible state of affairs that humanity has rushed into. And about the shark, if you can imagine the life that that Mako had led, and all the things it would have seen, and you actually understood how hard it had to fight to achieve that size, would you still have killed it, or simply measured it and let it go? My guess is that only those without any compassion in their hearts, the true consumer, would find it necessary to assert their dominance over a spectacular marine creature. If you had let it go it would have grown bigger. look forward to reading the responses. Yours truly, Dr. Francis Sayer Phd Social Psychology, BSc Hons Marine Bio
   comment# 189   - Dr. F.Sayer · Edinburgh, Scotland · May 22, 2008 @ 11:04am

Just thought i had better clear something up about the above post. It was wrong to pidgeeon hole all americans together, some of you (Molly -Portland, Jim Burlingame, JM, Mr.Greenjeans) do have a deeper insight into our place in nature than the rest and so i plea with you to educate those around you. Regards.
   comment# 190   - Dr. F. Sayer · Edinburgh · May 23, 2008 @ 2:49am

the people defending the sharks arent being "over emotional wackos" as someone above suggested. were merely trying to save the earth. you destroy the sharks, the primary predator on teh oceanic food chain, and the whole thing becomes out of balance. so yeah, go ahead and "go for the record" because killing the top predator of the ocean is so fulfilling. you kill it, your in the paper, a month later no one but your relatives remember you for it. is it really worth it? i mean come on, wouldnt you rather enjoy a day at teh Aquarium watching them in their habitats or wait no youd probably rather see them clutching onto shreds of life while the guy next to you tears through their gills with a gaff. o gee grab the camera!
   comment# 191   - michael · lake forest IL · May 23, 2008 @ 8:01pm

Defending their opinion on shark conservation and or our planet is one thing but wishing death or harm to other humans for LEGAL fishing is in my opinion WHACKO. What we are talking about on these sites is all personal opinions with some facts for and some facts against fishing for large fish.When its all said and done it's opinions and to insult, wish death or harm, be-little States or Countries, or to hate other humans for their opinions or for legal fishing is what is a real shame. I'm guilty of spouting a few insults myself after being insulted for my opinion . Two wrongs don't make a right and I'm guilty but I would never wish harm on any of you for your opinion against fishing.
   comment# 192   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · May 24, 2008 @ 10:04pm

All of you people who think that this was a terrible are complete tree-hugging idiots! i mean come on, the killing of this one shark wont hurt anything and before you start saying that im wrong maybe you idiots should do some research. btw great catch guys!!!!
   comment# 193   - BIG 12 · PCB FLORIDA · Jun 6, 2008 @ 9:02am

i am from austria, english is not my mother-tonque and i live far away from sharks and oceans, but i am fishing for 40 years now. yes i killed a few fish for food and i even killed a couple of sharks. yes i hate the chinese for finning to have their "middle-class" enjoy sharkfin-soup and i hate them for torturing sunbears in tiny caches to exploit their gall-bladders. but i never read such a lot of outright crap and bullshit from BOTH sides - conservationist and fishermen and such a lot of really intelligent and sensible arguments ALSO from BOTH sides. and thats exactly how life works. to call somebody an less than intelligent person and moron who sports a different view is WRONG. you just keep thinking over serious and logical arguments and both sides may gain from it. all those using this platform to insult and humiliate other people are better of to watch tv. all those trying to explain their thoughts in a respectful and caring attitude -- many thanks, i learned a lot.
   comment# 194   - kurt zimmert · neulengbach, austria, europe · Jun 14, 2008 @ 4:50am

All you non-shark lovin' peeps are wrong because: 1. The shark caught wasn't killin' someone 2. The shark was here first, this is their territory 3. Humans are only guests in the ocean not owners of it and we are lucky sharks tolerate our presence (Besides the occasional attack) 4. Shark populations are steadily decreasin' even if you don't want to believe it 5. It ain't fair to catch a shark and not use its body for nourishment 6. Lastly sharks and other animals are not here to be exploited. It is cruel to exploit an animal. If you don't think so look at PMU factories. Soz that i got off topic but, is it kind to do such things to a horse nor a shark. SO QUIT KILLIN' SHARKS!! SAVE THE SHARKS!!
   comment# 195   - Anne Marie Robertson · Wadesville, IN USA · Jun 14, 2008 @ 4:04pm

Listen, the problem of shark killing ISN'T in the U.S. It is Asia. Japan, China, and many other south and central pacific asian countries are mass murdering the sharks, taking their fins for soup and throwing the bodies back overboard. And all of you other foreigners out there who think the U.S. is so bad and that we are killing and murdering all of these sharks, try looking at how other nations do things, they are much worse in terms of shark and fish conservation.
   comment# 196   - matt horan · venice, fl · Jun 17, 2008 @ 8:55am

No you are the one whose wrong AMR. The entire world is ours. It's amazing how you some people take humans out of the natural order of things.We are the most dominant creature on earth. Yes, we should practice conservation and no we shouldn't slaughter any species to extinction. Rod and reel fishing will not cause the extinction of sharks.Keep on fishing its great family sport!
   comment# 197   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska, Texas · Jun 17, 2008 @ 5:17pm

to address chad t dillions comment and support it i work at the docks where this shark was brought in it. It had an adult bottlenose dolphin in its mouth when they started catching it. And it is horrible that people kill sharks to to say they caught a shark but sharks are unpredictable animals that can kill an innocent person if given the chance. How do you think scientists and other people study these animals, Do u think they catch them cut them open study them and then sew em back up and put them in the ocean, Well lets hope you dont think that. So things have to die in order for the world to revolve. and its not like this shark was wasted. The mako shark is one of the only edible sharks, so even though it was killed it was also food to someone else that could have possibly needed it more than the ocean needed the shark.
   comment# 198   - emily · niceville florida · Jul 6, 2008 @ 7:16am

Great Catch Ya’ll!!! I have not met a Shark that didn't taste Wonderful when properly prepared. Want to save a Shark? STOP Long Line Commercial Fishing!!! Recreational Fishing and Fishermen Support Conservation of ALL fish species. You Land Lubbers Want to save a Fish? Stop Buying Commercially Caught Fish!!! Eat Farm Raised Fish instead. FISH ON!!! -ShoeButton
   comment# 199   - Shoe Button · Houston, TX · Jul 7, 2008 @ 12:57pm

Why would you kill such a remarkable creature. god People are so selfish and CRUEL i hate people!
   comment# 200   - Shana · Phx AZ · Jul 13, 2008 @ 2:49pm

Well this is certainly not a Short-Fin Mako and for those of you who are simply fishermen and not of a conservation mind, if you would take the time to photograph and observe these creatures in their natural habitat you would soon develop the same respect and admiration as some of those who have posted here. As far as the ignorance of those who post here....Killer Whales and Humans are the only natural enemies of Sharks and humans only because we make it so. Saving our children from sharks swimming too close to the your children have gills? fins? and when did you decide that the seas and oceans belong to humans? If your child gets stung by a Jelly fish or a Portuguese Man-o-War, steps on a stonefish or is bitten by a Blue-Ringed Octopus are you going to shut down beaches and go on a massive Jelly-Fish hunt? He or she, will more than likely die if stung by a Portuguese Man-O-War steps on a Stonefish or is bitten by a Blue Ringed Octopus. It is your responsibility as a parent to ensure your childrens safety, so if you feel your childs life is in jeapordy, take them to a swimming pool and if a shark comes for a swim there then and only then can you be pissed that the animal invaded your precious space. And for all you Rednecks who don't believe in catch and release, you are the reason our game fish numbers are greatly depleted. There is a reason there are limits and those limits are placed by conservationists or tree-huggers as you like to call them.
   comment# 201   - Shawn · Kuwait · Jul 15, 2008 @ 6:50am

For facts, research, record etc, fine, get your info, then allow it to go back to it's habitat. The ocean belongs to them, their world, allow them the freedom to live in it. For educational use list your findings, age, weight, species, length,etc., then let it go.
   comment# 202   - song_sung_blue · Tyler, Texas USA · Jul 28, 2008 @ 3:36pm

Nice catch!!!! I wish I had caught and killed the beast. I am a hunter and fisherman and love looking at photos like this. My main goal is yellow water you foreign tree huggers off. You all have nothing better to do than criticize people for having a good time!!!
   comment# 203   - Mike · Biloxi · Jul 30, 2008 @ 1:57pm

Nate, from Canada, you need to keep quiet. While your beautiful country officials give the nod to the senseless clubbing of a beautiful seal so some rich, clueless woman can wear that trophy coat, keep you opinions educated, man. As for the mindless trophy fishing, I am so sick of this MANHOOD mentality to take out beautiful animals for the ego. So f**&N what, you got your name and picture in the paper. That animal paid with it's life. The world's oceans are screwed up and shark populations WORLDWIDE have been decimated 90 PERCENT. If you fish, be smart. Take only what you can eat! Teach the children. If it's too small, put it back so it can grow. If it's too big, throw it back so it can make more! That way there will always be fish for the future. This is NOT rocket science, people!!!
   comment# 204   - Kimo · Hawaii · Aug 16, 2008 @ 8:32pm

The human species was not placed here for the exploitations of any animals. We are merely curious creatures. We will continue to destroy our own habitats as well as the habitats of other creatures, so that we might fully understand our surroundings.
   comment# 205   - T2W · Id Us · Sep 7, 2008 @ 1:04pm

After reading all the comments, weird or not, and one man who sounds like a broken record, do a little research, people! Like our beautiful marine mammals, sharks are now so FULL OF MERCURY, it is considered dangerous to eat the meat! Any shark fishing done is senseless and cruel. We are losing our apex predator faster than they can replenish. Most shark species are pregnant about a year, and some longer than that. Shark finning is not done in JUST Asian waters! Finning vessels have been confiscated off California, and finned sharks have been seen in Hawaii. By the way, the Mako is NOT an egg layer, is a deep water animal, and not a man eater! NO SHARK IS. This seeking out the biggest is just these yahoos trying to compensate for something they DO NOT HAVE!!! Call it what it is. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!
   comment# 206   - K. Grove-Velasquez · Hawaii, USA · Sep 13, 2008 @ 1:25am

God sees what we all have done to this earth, eachother, and animals. When we all die someday maybe God will punish us the same way we did onto others. Like the way you guys made that shark suffer, maybe he'll show you what it felt like for that shark.
   comment# 207   - Jane · California · Sep 17, 2008 @ 10:00pm

To all these tree huggers that say the worlds coming to an end because some fish were pulled from the oceans im amazed by your stupidity. and for this clown who says god will hate us all because we eat meat and go hunting and fishing your a failed abortion. I suppose not one of you know anything about sport fishing or do you ever watch the news or know anything abot history. for instance go back to WWII when the USS Indianapolis was sunk in the south pacific and 1400 men went overboard. 79 were saved. they estimated 1000 killed by sharks. and your crying and whining about this 12 and a half foot 1000+ lb shark being killed? apparently youve never been in the ocean or you would understand that when children are being attacked and killed by "such great creatures" if a shark killed your child im pretty sure youll be humming a different tune. because i know if my child ever got attacked by a shark id kill every shark i ever caught. oh by the way. you brits complaining. the fish and game set limits to what you catch and when you can catch it. their called seasons. to REGULATE fish population. because if one species overpopulates and area then it disrupts the chain and will cause more sharks to arrive in turn causing more attacks on humans. and i highly doubt anyone needs to worry about shark numbers when in this day and age there is still whaling going on try and worry about illegal fishing as opposed to legal fishing. by the way NICE CATCH!!!!!!!
   comment# 208   - Mike · Pitt · Oct 19, 2008 @ 9:38pm

The shrak was a freak of nature they don't get that big over night.Killing a shrak of that size should not be aloud be cause of how long it took for the shrak to grow that big.So i think that the shrak shiuld have been let go with a tag so that we could have learned more about the way of this shrak group.But that is just one persons idea of what should have been done on this matter.
   comment# 209   - Braxton Grantham · Tifton,G.A · Oct 23, 2008 @ 10:34am

"Maybe we could take up moron hunting at least this would remove idiots/morons like this from the gene pool. Mark · England · Apr 22, 2007 @ 2:51pm" Moron hunting? Love it!
   comment# 210   - Matt · USA · Nov 8, 2008 @ 10:46am

In the name of "RESEARCH" the Japanese Govt. and it's people allow the Commercial Whaling to Happen. Research/Science is most of you critical people do. How can you can possibly not open your Scientific mind for the non science-educational fun loving and just pure happy beer loving people catch a beast like mako shark above. God provide fish to his people! people that catch the mako shark above is a children of god just having fun, Don't tell me you don't read the bible or believe in god , this is not a rocket science; just regular people that knows how to have fun in the name of god, cheers!!! "Happy people makes beautiful baby"...
   comment# 211   - CRIS A. DIGAMO · WASHINGTON DC · Nov 25, 2008 @ 5:30am

matt from usa, that is exactly what hitler did to so many people in his country. however, your view of retards is totally uncalled for. I feel like a middle school teacher trying to find a reasonable arguement among a bunch of self-degenerating children calling each other imbeciles and saying unintelligent things like "moron hunting". Please try to use facts, not opinions or feelings. Besides, a shark that big could have easily hurt someone, even though it didn't. Leave other people who have useful hobbies alone. Damn hippies won't leave me alone!! They're everywhere now adays, smoking their pot and eating tofurkey and soyebacon, which is disgustingly untasty. Eat a varied diet of fish, meat, veggies and the like. Al Gore may be on the right track, but he's sending the wrong message to everyone. Give back that Nobel Prize, you little prick, before someone takes it away!!
   comment# 212   - the next president · inside your mind · Dec 16, 2008 @ 9:19am

People like you annoy me. Seriously? 'Moron Hunting'? I am a middle schooler and i have a better vocabulary than you do! In the ways for this amazing fish, as seen above, one cannot go about slaughtering it like deer. They do not reproduce fast enough for their population to grow back to the numbers they once were at. I am a girl and i know more about sharks than some of you! Stop killing sharks and maybe they'll stop biting you.
   comment# 213   - Bex · the beach · Jan 7, 2009 @ 7:05pm

I cannot understand peoples obsession with hunting animals for sport.Get a bloody life!So much to do in this big world and they choose to do this.They think they are macho reeling in sharks on line.If youre really men,go in the water and wrestle a shark onto the boat with your bare hands you morons.
   comment# 214   - Brenno · Sydney · Jan 7, 2009 @ 8:06pm

who ever would believe that is a FOOL
   comment# 215   - tmaj · no man ville · Jan 14, 2009 @ 12:40pm

Chris from DC, how old are you anyway? The RESEARCH you talk about with the Japanese is funded by the drug lords and has nothing to do with real research. It is all a lie and is big money, like everything else. Slaughter, pillage, drive species to extinction, that is what man is capable. This has nothing to do with the bible. If you want to talk God, animals here to be eaten, clothe us, etc., times are now, man, and we do not wear animal skins anymore. At least I don't. I prefer a nice cotton shirt. As for having fun, these puffy chest morons are fishing out what is now the biggest Mako on the planet. That is not a celebration. We Hawaiians know the biggest are capable of BILLIONS of eggs. Our planet will not sustain us if this continues. Take out all the biggest, lose the species. As far as the sharks being food for us, mankind has taken care of that one as well. They are now INEDIBLE. Full of mercury! It may be too late.
   comment# 216   - Kimo · Hawaii · Jan 25, 2009 @ 12:23pm

I hooked a fish twice this size off Batemans Bay about ten years ago on 30lb tackle. Skipper picked it for a blue shark and the tournement I was fishing only gave 1/2 points for a blue so I pulled out the 30lb... big mistake once hooked she raced to the bow and cut the port outrigger, skipper shat himself and threw $1,500 ground tackle away to chase the fish. After 8 spectacular jumps her teeth cut through the single stainless trace - 22 feet from corner of mouth to tail marks recorded on my double. If I had of killed the fish I would have won an entry into a $50K billfish tournement but I prefer that the fish beat me, surely would have been a challenge on 130 lb tackle and probably a world record even then. To me having a movie in my head watching a shark jump higher than the tower on a 36' boat was is a memory to last a lifetime. I hope she goes onto to make many more babies to replace the aprox 20 million sharks a year murdered for soup. I am happy to eat a baby mako (less heavy metals) she beat me good and I am very happy about that and am sure she threw the hook after our rumble and will live for many more years across all the oceans.
   comment# 217   - Duckman · Australia · Feb 13, 2009 @ 7:47am

You know what,way to go for all those who caught that beautiful piece of history..Its a big ocean and to all those who oppose of it go f... go out there every day doing the same thing...I bet the meat went to alot of great on!!
   comment# 218   - michael healy · mobile,alabama · Mar 18, 2009 @ 6:55pm

Grab the butter! Grab the lemon! Shark steaks! Shark fin soup! I feel sad for all those who "sympathize" with such animals. You've watched "Finding Nemo" waaaaaay too many times. Pathetic... The animal doesn't doesn't have "feelings", doesn't know you, nor care about you. And, would be more than happy to eat you if it "caught" you in it's environment. 90% of all species that ever existed on this planet are extinct. At some point, we will be, as well. Stop crying about something that's merely food for the table, for humans or ocean scavengers.
   comment# 219   - Nunya · West Papua, New Guinea · Apr 8, 2009 @ 1:49pm

Gee, I wonder why there are so few large game fish left in the seas and why their populations have plummeted? As a fisheries biologist I can tell you that killing the largest, most productive fish in a population is the worst thing you can do as a sportsman. It isn't the same as a mammal like a deer, where a large male may not even be breeding anymore. Fish just keep growing and growing and the giant ones are the anchors to the population. Have fun when they are all gone. Let's think about the future for a moment, shall we? These fish have been fished out in 30 years--how much longer will they be around? There seem to be a lot of people commenting here spewing hate that are very ignorant of fisheries management and the state of the world's gamefish populations.
   comment# 220   - mercy · olympia, WA · May 8, 2009 @ 7:58am

One of this day! your human flesh will be at shark stomach then you comeback here in the drawing board and let us know how it feels to be human FLESH SOUP. Go to your fish market regularly and stop eating pork and beef, maybe it will prevent you from having heart attack. CALL THE JAPANESE GOVT. AND TELL THEM TO STOP KILLING WHALES THEN I WILL BELIEVE ALL OF YOU TALKING SCIENTIST, WALK TO WALK IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN TALK TO TALK. "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds."
   comment# 221   - CRIS A. DIGAMO · WASHINGTON DC · May 21, 2009 @ 4:39am

THIS WHY THIS 1OOO POUNDER SHARK HAS TO GO:SARASOTA, Florida -- An American student has described the moment she was bitten by a shark in an attack that almost punctured her lungs and left her needing more than 100 stitches. Andrea Lynch, 20, said she was lucky to be alive after being attacked as she enjoyed a late-night swim with friends during a boat trip off Sarasota Bay in Florida. As she floated on her back, the shark, believed to be a 7ft-long bull shark, sank its razor-sharp teeth into her side until they hit her ribs and pelvis. It shook her briefly before letting go. Ms Lynch was left with 17 wounds in the attack, which happened last week. WHAT DO YOU SAY NOW MR. SCIENTIFIC RESEACH MARINE BIOLOGIST, IF THIS IS YOU OR YOUR DAUGHTER, YOU WILL QUIT YOUR DAY JOB .
   comment# 222   - CRIS A. DIGAMO · WASHINGTON DC · May 21, 2009 @ 5:02am

Gutted to see such a beautiful fish treated like that and even more dis-heartened that people think its FUN to wipe out a species. Had to laugh at the bloke who commented on how great it was that they had caught a piece of history - well guess what, the whole species will be history with that attitude. You must be soooo proud of yourselves. They must be the most arrogant and selfish people to think they can deprive the rest of us of essential and unique apex predators purely just to keep themselves amused. Good grief, turn down the testosterone and get another hobby!
   comment# 223   - Deborah · Colchester · May 26, 2009 @ 3:10am

There is a comment on here that says something about the shark being to close to shore, and it could have eaten someone. I think that is the most stupidest thing I've ever heard in my entire life, and for the years still to come. By swimming in the ocean we ourselves take the risk of by drowning, or being eaten. Let me just tell you that the ocean is shark territory, and that is your choise to swim there. Unfortunatly there are idiots think that the ocean is ours too. It's not! It's the sharks and everything else that lives in the ocean too. If you don't like the way life is, which is eat, or be eaten, then keep out of places you could probably be eaten!
   comment# 224   - Greg · St. Louis · May 31, 2009 @ 3:24pm

All of the people who hate sharks seem to be from Florida. If you guys hate sharks, why live near the ocean? And also all useing the "kids" excusses I don't have kids, and I never ever will!
   comment# 225   - Josh · U.S. · May 31, 2009 @ 3:33pm

hey Arron in Mississippi your right it is population control. after all all the states on the coast lines a hundred years ago were completely over run with sharks and there was not much food for them to eat. Nature has been doing this awhile and it is only with the interference of man and humans greed that we are seeing the ecosystems suffer, extinction,and endagered species. oh wait im sure it was really the animals hunting eachother down to nothing.
   comment# 226   - Joy · murfreesboro, usa · Jun 9, 2009 @ 7:36pm

   comment# 227   - DIDI · NY · Jun 17, 2009 @ 7:42pm

i think that sharks are amazing animals. but they should not be hunted. that is ignorant and rude the population of sharks in decreesing because on people like these. it should be against the law.
   comment# 228   - sarah · tallahassee · Jun 20, 2009 @ 8:17am

1000 pounds thats AMAZING
   comment# 229   - Allen wayne Ray J.r. · austin tx · Jul 11, 2009 @ 6:38am

Thank God there are still real men in the world who aren't intimidated by extreme crybaby idealists. I hope you guys are making lots of babies and teaching them to stay on top of the food chain.
   comment# 230   - cook · tx, usa · Aug 5, 2009 @ 8:28am

If you danm bunny huggers dont like seeing stuff like this why are you even on this page, and the mako has just as must right to die as the cod u eat at long john silver or the snapper u eat at red lobster, and sportsman put more money in protection of our oceans than you eco nerd have ever thaught about, so do the world a favor and go swim off the coast with a steak around your neck.
   comment# 231   - Joe · Jacksonville, FL, USA · Aug 6, 2009 @ 4:25pm

I think that all these people that are worried about this shark should start worring about wild bears, hey, maybe they could have one roaming loose in their Neighborhood. Yea, just let it loose in the park...
   comment# 232   - kgnept · Mobile · Aug 17, 2009 @ 5:51pm

HAHAHAHAHA i work at the co-op that is right in front of the scale that weighed this shark. WOW who woulda thought a world record would be caught so close to me. Way to go Motherlode, jason you brought that fish in we all know it lol
   comment# 233   - Jdawg3000 · destin United states · Aug 31, 2009 @ 3:38pm

   comment# 234   - SCOOTER · ATL., GA. · Oct 12, 2009 @ 8:07pm

These comments are the best!! I haven't laughed so hard in ages! I tell ya what...I live where this shark was caught. These are my beaches and my area of ocean. I say that everyone who doesn't live here can keep their mouth shut! These guys brought one 12 foot shark back. If there were TEN 12 foot sharks next to their boat, I bet they would have still only brought ONE back. Quit your whining! Isn't there something you can save where you live??
   comment# 235   - Jason · Navarre, FL · Jan 14, 2010 @ 3:26pm

   comment# 236   - VIC ACCURSO SR · SALE CREEK TENNESSEE U.S.A · Jan 17, 2010 @ 7:27am

there is no point of killin g the animals what have they ever done to u i mean they have feelingsd to would you like it if someone you loved was killed i did not think so so why kill them if you congradulate them you need to think about how it feels for the shark first
   comment# 237   - AMAZEDBYNATURE · ohio · Mar 8, 2010 @ 9:14am

   comment# 238   - Kevin · Marlton, NJ · Mar 8, 2010 @ 12:28pm

after being a surfer for 30+ years my favorite thing to do after surfing is paddling out with a 3 foot steel leader in my mouth and chunk of albacore tuna hooked on the end,by the time i make it back to shore the drag starts screaming, ive caught several species from 100- 250 pounds right where ive surfed all day !!! some are admired then released but the smaller ones go straight to the if someones understands native thinking it is a way of facing your fears and praising the ones that gave an ultimate sacrifice for the circle of life, i love sharks and they scare the sh*t out of me everytime but if one ever attacks me it is fair and square because i ate his friend yesterday...i spent two years on a tuna troller in the pacific,covered in blood all day, followed by sharks as far as you could see, and if you fall in you will be ate before the boat can turn around, when you are 4000 miles from any land and spend every day followed by sharks you actually become a part of them before they eat you !!!!!!
   comment# 239   - hambonious maximus · pensacola, florida · Mar 22, 2010 @ 7:30am

i think sharks are totaly dangerous ,so i want to tell the world i now u want to see sharks but be carefull,a better idea is to not. thank u
   comment# 240   - Anushe Naveed · KARACHI,PAKISTAN · Apr 2, 2010 @ 12:02pm

Listen we humans are animals to we need to eat the people that caught this shark are my friends and igot to eat it and it was damn good great catch you guys!!!!
   comment# 241   - dylan · milton florida · May 16, 2010 @ 2:21pm

Mako sharks are yummy!!! Just jealous that it wasn't me. II support conservation efforts, practice catch & release (unless I intend to eat it. I respect sharks and the other fishes that mother nature cradles in her bussom, but I also respect people's rights... and FOOD. Mako is the porkchop of the sea. Fire up the grill and sharpen the fillet knives... daddy is eating fish tonight! :)
   comment# 242   - Rob · Melbourne, Florida · Jun 17, 2010 @ 6:03am

you know one fish that big is a small impact on the wild it will give the smaller ones a chance.i love fishing but if its a catch that big you just dont throw it back it can be used for food or even much more. sport fishing requires the weighing of the fish for an acomplishment. plus if its a record wouldnt you like a title of wold record catch with your name on it?
   comment# 243   - harley · london,us · Jul 10, 2010 @ 11:24pm

no specioes will ever stay on this the dinosours we all have a time to go and for some its already happened and others soon. so if you disagree you are an ignorant person
   comment# 244   - twinkie · l-town,ohio · Jul 10, 2010 @ 11:30pm

Nice to know that there a few this size left. It's a shame we have to trophy bag them. To twinkie in I-town, it's a shame that this, like so many other species will have to go at the hands of our own species!
   comment# 245   - johnny c · bradenton · Jul 26, 2010 @ 8:36pm

Why do people take pleasure in killing animals? Does it boost there ego? Sharks are on the decline and yet these people are ignorant to the decline of these amazing animals. Really really sad
   comment# 246   - Graeme · England · Aug 2, 2010 @ 8:39am

Many people have posted a ton of boneheaded comments on here, many from up North. The Gulf is highly regulated in shark fishing as are the deep sea and fishing rodeos. That is the reason we have/had a vast seafood chain with plentiful shark species in the gulf compared to other areas of the world. Quit comparing the gulf ecosystem to places like Japans commercial fishing. BP has done more damage than the last 20 years of recreational fishing in the last 3 months.
   comment# 247   - Brad Edwards · Orange Beach, AL · Aug 2, 2010 @ 2:43pm

Beach Tourists need to learn how to swim better before worrying about sharks. Local beaches have averages of around 10 drowning fatalities annual on a slow year.
   comment# 248   - Brad Edwards · Orange Beach, AL · Aug 2, 2010 @ 2:47pm

Ok, do I really need to go over the odds of even being ATTACKED by a shark versus having a fatal attack? It's ridiculous that idiots think that a Mako shark, just because it's big, is a maneater. Like the one man said, makos prefer the deeper waters, not the shallows, they're high-speed attackers and waves only get in the way of that. Not only that, half of your attacks are from bull sharks, tigers, and whites (which are now endangered thanks to overfishing, and furthermore even if you caught one, you couldn't eat it because it releases bodily fluids inside its body when it dies, which contaminates the flesh). I was out with a bleeding cut 1/4" deep on my forearm in an inflatable kayak when there was an 8ft sand shark in the immediate vicinity...but it came nowhere near me. The fact is, sharks hate the taste of human flesh & blood, that's why most attacks are simply a matter of them taking a bite to taste and then going away. For some reason, they don't think we taste good. I can understand wanting to keep the mako. It's a prize, you don't see many more, and besides, the guy was fishing for cobia. What the guy said about the shark being on its way out may have been right since they do prefer the deep, but the attitude of ignorant idiots who think that sharks are evil needs to be fixed. Yeah, they eat meat, they live in the ocean (well bull sharks are in freshwater too), just realize that when you're in the water, THEY'RE the apex
   comment# 249   - Myles · North Carolina · Aug 4, 2010 @ 5:01am

   comment# 250   - Mako Slayer · Niceville,FL · Aug 7, 2010 @ 7:51am

You stupid idiots!You hunt down a shark who are near instinction! Beacause people like you..have to show off what macho men you are..It is so sad to see this! It whould be better of if your fishing boat sunk to the bottom of the sea..Humans like you.Are a part of the thinking mentality who will kill marine life..cause you will ower fish shark like this.And then dont understand why marinlife is starting to wanish....
   comment# 251   - Sharky · sweden · Aug 20, 2010 @ 6:47pm

Its o.k. to eat fish, cause they don't have any feelings.
   comment# 252   - oscar · pensacola florida · Sep 7, 2010 @ 3:25pm

I hope that they realize that this catch was a Longfin Mako (Isurus paucus) and not the more common Shortfin Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus.)The length of the pectoral fins are a dead giveaway.
   comment# 253   - Scott M · Toledo, Lucas · Dec 29, 2010 @ 2:00pm

Way to go on the mako and too all you Brits.and Englishman the us has the most regulations on fishing than any other nations so.yellow water off
   comment# 254   - james · brunswick ga · Feb 20, 2011 @ 5:49am

Hello there people Here. Is the deal every species of fish that swims in the us waters is highly regulated by the marine fisheries commission so if the shark was taken leagally than its not in danger of being extinct beacuse its would be illegal to keep otherwise so take a breath and let the guys enjoy there catch we have already lost most of the fish we can keep thanks to the tree hugging that goes on in this country so the conservationist you have your laugh and we will have ours
   comment# 255   - jamesa · brunswick g · Feb 20, 2011 @ 6:12am

Many people have posted a ton of boneheaded comments on here, many from up North. The Gulf is highly regulated in shark fishing as are the deep sea and fishing rodeos. That is the reason we have/had a vast seafood chain with plentiful shark species in the gulf compared to other areas of the world. Quit comparing the gulf ecosystem to places like Japans commercial fishing. BP has done more damage than the last 20 years of recreational fishing in the last 3 months.
   comment# 256   - Shomam · Kanata, ON · Apr 10, 2011 @ 1:41pm

What a lack of respect to life. Shame on you!
   comment# 257   - Patricia · San Diego · May 12, 2011 @ 11:09am

I surf in this exact area every week. I'm thrilled this is no longer in the water with me! Great Catch Guys! I love and respect nature, but come on....this is a monster. It's not like it's going to take off a finger, toe or even just a leg. This is a "bite you in half and swallow you whole" shark!
   comment# 258   - Surfin-Suz · Pensacola FL · Jun 15, 2011 @ 2:01pm

Lol - men with small manhood need to do stuff like this to try and make up for their "short comings". The perception of mindless Americans that sharks are man eating beasts waiting for to consume them is so laughable. It instantly labels you as an uneducated retard. It's only a matter of time before all natures splendor is destroyed. Tigers are all but gone, great white is next. There was absolutely NO REASON OR NEED to kill that shark - period. There is no arguing the point. By the way I am a right wing republican and can't stand liberal philosophy. The fact is this is one subject that they are correct on
   comment# 259   - John Riley · USA · Jun 23, 2011 @ 6:29pm

I guess that shark has never done any breeding to hear our tree hugging friends. I looked this up today because another very large, dare I say TROPHY mako was caught in Southern California (860#). I hunt trophy Mule deer. Between waiting for tags passing on little buck after little buck and even larger bucks that aren't quite mature, you might not get a buck for years depending on your area and skill level. I know for a fact that I, as an evil trophy hunter, have far less impact on the game herd than those driven to fill a freezer year after year. Some say trophy hunting is wrong based on taking prime animals and their genetics from the gene pool, but as a person that has watched these animals the biggest bucks are usually shirkers while the most aggressive males do the breeding regardless of antler size. Body size seems to be most important as a matter of fact.
   comment# 260   - Mike Cody · USA · Jul 17, 2011 @ 10:24am

i have to say to all tree huggers on this post one thing about the mako in the picture, but first a bit on my standing point in this argument. my brother lives in destin and i know very well some people on this picture through working with them and they are also friends of mine, through them i also know the full story on the shark. long story short, a small boat saw the shark eating an other large animal( i believe it was a bottlenose dolphin but i have crappy memory) the small boat decided to throw a gaff at it and they hit it. the shark started swimming away and for those who have seen jaws, it was quite literally dragging the small boat under, so a bigger boat ( the mother lode) came along and saved the day. the shark would have dragged the see ya later under sinking it (fishing boat costs a looot) and possibly hurt a few people. so between the life of the shark who judging by the size was quite old and had probably created a fair amount of other possible future behemoths or the safety and massive amounts of money of a few people im sorry but the people have priority. oh and living in the south for a while i can tell all you stereotyping fucks out there to suck a fat one we arent stupid or the black eye of america. and its true sharks arent man eaters but they sure as hell are fun to reel in.
   comment# 261   - anthony pasquale · montrea, canada · Jan 24, 2012 @ 4:48pm

Do you really have to resort to Tools of Persuasion and start name calling here(first post-MORON)! Just be an adult for one minute and not an animal activist. Which life is more important- the life of a shark or the life of the person or persons it could have killed if it would have gotten any closer to the shoreline. By the way, before you call someone else IGNORANT, learn how to spell first grade words such as haven't!!!!!
   comment# 262   - Sam · Raleigh, USA · Mar 29, 2012 @ 5:24am

this shark was actually caught in panama city we didnt have scales here big enough to weigh it so they took it to destin and it was caught in a swimming area so great catch guys to all you peaple tlking non-sence about somthing u have no idea about find somthing better to do or better yet well stop catching man killers just come on down and go swimming in the worlds most beautiful beaches good luck spring breakers. lol!!!!
   comment# 263   - fish killer · panama city · Aug 21, 2012 @ 2:02pm

Ever notice that the so called peace loving, tree hugging, all-inclusive liberals are always the most opinionated, arrogant, self righteous, peace disturbing, turds in the punch bowl of life? They claim to be welcoming to all walks of life, as long as you share their hatred of freedom. If you all are such slaves to your oversized government, then you should easily trust them to regulate fishing impact on shark populations. Leave these anglers alone and go back to your art fairs and medical marijuana. I dated a vegan once. She was a royal pain in the rear orifice...wasn't any skinnier, despite soaking me for some ridiculously over priced, under flavored food. Mako is delicious. Way to go, sportsmen!
   comment# 264   - Tim H. · Grand Rapids, MI USA · Nov 27, 2012 @ 6:09pm

ok ,lets get this straight killing one shark wont endanger a species but killing an animal this size is a terrible thing to do.this is a one of a kind shark and if those a-holes just walk up and kill all the sharks were going to speed up our train to self destruction.also if a shark kills a man its all over the news ,but if a human kills 1,0000 sharks no one cares what the heck .honestly God made sharks for a reason.also shame on you who are for the people who kill the shark
   comment# 265   - carl the awsome · none mars · Jun 5, 2013 @ 6:20pm

Iben when god asks you what u did to 5000000 years of evolution you need a hell of an anwser
   comment# 266   - carl the awsome · none mars · Jun 5, 2013 @ 6:35pm

if i was the president i would send them to jail for life
   comment# 267   - carl the awsome · none mars · Jun 5, 2013 @ 6:54pm

What most people don't realize is that it's the Sportsmen and Women that are the conservationists. I'm sure the individuals that were involved in the catching of this fish are more aware and concerned about the health of our Oceans than any of you who are sounding off just to make yourselves feel important. Hunters, Fishermen, Trappers, all sportsmen care more for our quarry, and the environment than we are ever given credit for.
   comment# 268   - Jason Hansen · Lakeview, Oregon · Jul 25, 2013 @ 5:11pm

Sharks eat to survive and reproduce. People eat to survive and reproduce. At this point people are reproducing more successfully than Sharks. Sharks have been here much....much longer than people and people have already contributed to the extinction of thousands of species. There will be thousands of species that will survive after people...unless we can figure out how to outlast them all...which we may be able to do:) the current situation is that; the world, the way it is and has been since we have been around, has supported and nurtured our existance and propogation. The big question is: do we support that world? The one that got us where we are today? Or do we allow for it to be radically changed?. Weird that conservatives seem to want to do away with processes that have been going on for such a long time...and free-thinkers want to conserve them...we were all born on the closest thing that we know of to paradise...I would like my grandchildren to feel the same way. Clean energy and respect for the life that exists on this earth...might be a start... Nice fish by the way, few things compare to a mako...if anything. Beautiful fish
   comment# 269   - Youngbearman · Tallahassee, fl, usa · Jul 29, 2013 @ 6:00pm

The shark would have died anyways, sharks are awesome but she wouldn't have made it.
   comment# 270   - Ashlyn · United States · Mar 30, 2015 @ 7:54am
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