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Portuguese Fishing Boat Nets 23-foot Basking Shark

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SESIMBRA, Portugal -- The crew of a Portuguese fishing boat had their hands full Tuesday when they netted a 23-foot shark weighing 2.5 tons.

The four men were fishing at night in deep water about 20 miles off the Portuguese coast when their nets snared the huge fish.

The boat towed the shark to its home port at Sesimbra, 30 miles south of Lisbon.

Local authorities provided winching equipment and transport to take the shark for burial at a municipal dump.

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It is a shame to loose such a lovely creature, it was not even used to feed a poor hard working family. No one said what kind of shark it was.
   comment# 1   - Pammie · Key Largo, Florida · Nov 22, 2006 @ 10:40pm

Pammie, it is a Basking shark, a plankton feeder and a gentle giant of the oceans. These fishermen should be fined for killing this creature as they are a rare and protected species in some waters.
   comment# 2   - Bird · Bermuda · Nov 24, 2006 @ 6:51am

I agree, what a sad end for such a magnificent shark. I would be interested to know if the fishermen were reprimanded in some way. We lose too many sharks in this way.
   comment# 3   - Carly · Uk · Nov 24, 2006 @ 7:53am

all these shmucks wanted to just have others gawk at this poor creatures. what a waste, for them and the shark
   comment# 4   - frankie · bklyn us · Nov 25, 2006 @ 7:32pm

It drives me mad to see that the shark was killed and then gets a burial at a municipal dumb. The least you can do is use the animal. It does not make the killing any better, but helps at least someone.
   comment# 5   - Jacques · Brooklyn, NY, USA · Nov 26, 2006 @ 7:24am

Hi all- I was saddened to read this. AS Bird said the Basking sharks who were nearly wiped out due to over fishing in the past are gentle filter feeders, filtering and eating plankton. Apparently the Basking sharks are an internationally recognized endangered species with legal protection. Its main attraction now lies in its highly valued enormous fins, which are a delicacy in the Far East, and hunting remains the single biggest threat to its future. Their gestation period is long as most shark, 3.5 years,which makes this all the more tragic. What a "respectful" death; suffocate, hang on display and then be towed to the municipal DUMP??? What a "manly" catch of a totally non-vicious animal. Perhaps they will learn from this.
   comment# 6   - Jennifer Sunday · Saint Petersburg, USA · Nov 26, 2006 @ 8:07am

This is a Basking shark. A protected species in Europe and one that most fisherman would know about long before they even climb aboard their boat. Why the authorities were 'helping' them is beyond me, any other crew in any other part of the EU would have been 'punished' immediately for this cruel violation of a protection scheme aimed at helping a PLANKTON feeder, no danger to humans at all. So sad.
   comment# 7   - Dave · Kent, UK · Nov 27, 2006 @ 6:44am

I hope the next time one of these fishermans kids or wife is in the water on thier next vacation, they run into not a basking shark, but a Great White/Tiger/Bull Shark, and it inflicts the same damage to thier loved ones as these ignorant fisherman have inflicted on to this beautiful creature! I know it's harsh, but after seeing this I wouldn't feel bad for thier family one bit!
   comment# 8   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Nov 27, 2006 @ 11:12am

I think your punishment, B.Maas, is harsh but I share your anger over this unnecessary slaughter of such a peaceful animal. As a protected animal I hope, at the very least, some fines were imposed. Discarding the animal in a garbage dump is heinous. There are many areas this animal's carcass could have been utilized, such as; feed for other animals or people, or scientific study. Making this animal "food for the crows" lacks thought and consideration. Any such captures be it shark or giant marlin should be reported to conservation agencies or universities for study giving insight into creatures eating habits, lives and death.
   comment# 9   - Richard · Corpus Christi, USA · Nov 28, 2006 @ 10:37am

Congragulations european community!! No wonder we clear-off to Asian or E. African countries to HELP N.G.O.'s woking on projects to protect what's left. We have given up in europe !!!!!!!!!! And the medias did not seem to know or tell us !!!! Thank you UNDERWATER TIMES.
   comment# 10   - Gaetan WHITE · Doubs, FRANCE. · Nov 28, 2006 @ 4:36pm

I have to agree with everyone else. They should be snagged in a net and dragged 30 miles. I hope they all feel like real men now. What a waste of a beautiful creature. Just thinking about this brings such emotions of rage and sorrow for that poor animal who was just doing what nature intended and definetly did not deserve to end up in a city dump.
   comment# 11   - Janet · Miramar, FL USA · Nov 30, 2006 @ 10:34am

thats a really big fish....
   comment# 12   - joe · bell gardens, los angeles · Nov 30, 2006 @ 2:22pm

they to ought to hall the fishermen off to the dump, what a waste!
   comment# 13   - dvae · memphis tn usa · Dec 1, 2006 @ 2:34pm

it is a disgrace to see these fishermen getting no punishment for this act. Basking sharks, a lovely animals and should be protected from morons like these. Why are they still alowed to use drag nets????
   comment# 14   - pat · newry,n.ireland · Dec 5, 2006 @ 5:44am

you guys are retarded. wishing death upon people...all you have to go buy is a stupid news article... you are all a bunch of phonies...do you get this upset when you see a homeless hungry person? most people dont, they care more about freaking animals than humans!
   comment# 15   - reasonable person · new jersey, usa · Dec 10, 2006 @ 3:27pm

I agree with the reasonable person. You people make me sick with your childish banter. You need to grow up and try focusing on tragedies you can affect, like feeding the homeless or helping troubled teens.
   comment# 16   - 2nd reasonable person · Washington, USA · Dec 18, 2006 @ 8:52pm

porque todo mundo fala contra 4 pescadores quando eles estavam fazendo o melhor que eles sabem fazer pescar para levar o pao de cada dia para suas familias gosto de ver as pessoas criticarem quando nem sabem por isca no anzol sera que a mais gente neste mundo tao estupida como estes que estao comentando contra os 4 pescadores gostaria de ver como estes ignorantes iam fazer no lugar destes pescadores sera que voces iam dar as voces vidas por um tubarao ???? ou faziam como os 4 pescadores?? voces que falam contra os pescadores faziam pior tenho certeza da vontade de chorar e saber que a muita gente ignrante ainda neste mundo
   comment# 17   - tony usa · ct usa · Dec 24, 2006 @ 6:45pm

Wow, Some people are really mature!! Anyone who has never, ever been to or tried to live in poverty stricken lands should not comment on this. Yes, the shark died, one less to the millions in the ocean. These men in portugal work very hard day in and day out. If they were to lose a days work, it's complete devestation. Maas, you are a very ignorant person along with all you others. Big deal, if it was your father and his brothers working that night you would be more worried for there safety than a stupid shark. My family came from portugal and had to work very hard to give me and my brothers a good life. Sorry, Maas, that your daddy spoon fed you everything. Take away all you have ever gotten and try to work hard, blood and sweat, you'll see life is very different on the other side of the ocean.
   comment# 18   - Diane · CT, USA · Dec 31, 2006 @ 11:37am

Not only is this sad, it shows what kind of mentality these people have. A barbaric society that has not come out of the Inquisition. Its no wonder that Mother Earth retalitates by having earth quakes, tusamni, hurricanes etc. I promise you will be pay dearly for hurting one of her creatures. In Genesis it said God gave animals to help us. Not for us to destroy every living and beautiful species. One day because of useless detruction we will pay the price. May God forgive you. Just think in the future we will be watching films of the last animals on earth. Like Tigers, Lions, Monkeys, Polar Bears, Wolves and remember the Tasmani Devil last one died in a Zoo around the 1930's cause we the human species totally detroyed them. I hope that this animal will haunt your dreams. BLG
   comment# 19   - BL Gallop · Waterbury USA · Jan 12, 2007 @ 2:04pm

i love animals and all but you guys sound like hippies, maybe we should have let it go, but then we wouldnt have a story to talk about and stuff PS. i want one of those too.
   comment# 20   - Matt Feher · Pittsburgh US · Jan 17, 2007 @ 7:12am

como pueden desear una muerte humana que la de un pes. Gente ignorante que tienen el alma negra. O como no le dare de comer a un animal. (perro, gato, lagarto, vivora ect.) Pero un humano que se muera de hambre.. Pensemos en nuestros hermanos primero que son de nuestra misma carne y hueso.. Cuando mires un hombre pidiendo una ayuda para su pan daselo procupate por el. No que se preocupan mas por un bitcho raro..
   comment# 21   - A Lopez · Ca., USA · Jan 23, 2007 @ 12:35pm

What a sad end for such a majestic, peaceful creature. It would never have harmed a fisherman's life, nor his catch. It is a shame what happens when education is lacking.
   comment# 22   - RedHatty · New Orleans, LA, USA · Jan 25, 2007 @ 9:25pm

Bl Gallop is so right, It does say that in Genesis. And to all you idiots who are like "you are all a bunch of phonies...do you get this upset when you see a homeless hungry person? most people dont, they care more about freaking animals than humans!"....get a life. if you're so worried about other people, they why the hell are you reading the article and commenting about what other people say instead of helping out the hungry and poor?? seems to me like you're the phony. and so now its a crime to feel bad for animals that get hunted and killed everyday?? and it breaks my heart to see a homeless person out on the street. but what would be the point of giving half of them money cause they just go out and buy beer and cigarettes and kill their insides even more instead of saving up money to go buy nice clothes, or food, or get a job or something.
   comment# 23   - Ana · u.s. · Feb 5, 2007 @ 11:01am

thanks to the underwater times for the time and space for the story about the portugues fishing boat. i see many diferent opinions. good job times, and beautiful story. but i still think better lose a shark then a human life.
   comment# 24   - tony · ct usa · Feb 5, 2007 @ 6:06pm

wasnt a man eater mate, a shame they didnt release it or bloody eat it! buried at a dump, what a joke
   comment# 25   - dom · melb australia · Feb 12, 2007 @ 3:52am

I feel bad for it I really do, but people you have to realize that despite the fact that humans are horrible wasteful detestful beings you are one, and should concern yourselves with human delemas rather than one sharks death. If you sit here, and less than respectable female for years on end how fornicating much will that change, nothing go ahead chat it up don't try to solve a problem be a normal person, and complain to people of a higher intelect to fix it for you. Fix human problems first, and then worry about the damn animals, or do it in reverse, and make the humans the endangered species. FIX THE fornicating PROBLEMS DON'T SIT IN YOUR BASEMENT, AND less than respectable female!
   comment# 26   - Kaze · NY USA · Feb 12, 2007 @ 4:53pm

Pathetic, there ought to be a law against this. Take away their fishing boat and throw them all in jail. While in jail reeducate their sorry rear orifices that this is the 21st century not the 19th. Get a job in eco tourisnm you might make twice as much taking people out to watch whales and basking sharks.
   comment# 27   - citizen kane · asia · Feb 13, 2007 @ 11:22am

It is a shame but it was a accident at least they didn't catch it for fun. The fishermen were just trying to do there job and until we change the way we fish ( by dragging nets ) we're always gonna have casualties like this one. The rules on fishing are way to soft if we keep this up our oceans will be quiet empty soon.
   comment# 28   - Mist83 · Dublin Ireland · Feb 21, 2007 @ 7:45am

Kaze · NY USA. Thats a shitty veiw 2 have. We're all linked together and if we don't sort out the environment were all gonna be just as screwed as that basking shark. Your idea of shoveing our problems onto sum 1 smarter sounds great but what bout the poor bollox who is the smartest he/she will have to do everything. Who do they shove there problems onto. GOD??? cause he doesn't seem to do to much so i think i'll try sort my problems out myself rather than wait for sum chump to do it for me.
   comment# 29   - Mist83 · Dublin Ireland · Feb 21, 2007 @ 7:56am

It's very sad to see such a docile, harmless creature go to waste. People just don't care and its so SAD! Do yourself a favor, save the occean, because, your really saving yourself.
   comment# 30   - lissa · Some where ,TX · Mar 23, 2007 @ 8:55pm

The ocean is their world, I dont think humans should be able to enter their world just as they cannot enter ours. If we want them to leave us alone, then we should leave them alone. I dont feel sorry for the creature, but at the same time I dont feel sorry for the people who are attacked or eaten by them. Stay out of their world & leave them alone.
   comment# 31   - noneofurbusiness · somewhere, USA · Jul 20, 2007 @ 12:33pm

get a life. i am a fisherman. dont buy fish if you feel so bad
   comment# 32   - robert · ocean view nj usa · Aug 6, 2007 @ 4:11pm

It infuriates me to think nothing has been done about this. Maybe they should be snagged by a rope and hung upside down in the water until they they die. See how they like that. Only that would equal to the suffering that shark went through before eventually dying. All just to be gawked at by heartless spectators... Stupid selfish people.....
   comment# 33   - Hendrix69 · Dublin, Ireland · Aug 22, 2007 @ 4:00pm

some of these comments are a bit harsh. i do feel bad for the shark, and for any animals that are killed as a result of drag nets. to the people that are saying the fishermen deserve to be dragged by a rope behind a boat- good for you. to the people that are saying that is cruel, spend more time worrying about humans- we are overpopulating this planet. the whole world is bending to our demands, even if it doesn't want us too. i dont care if people die. it's helping the planet. but when a creature from some species that is quickly declining is killed for a reason it shouldnt have been killed for, that breaks my heart. soon, there won't be any basking sharks left. and the extinction of them will eventually lead to the extinction of a lot of creatures- maybe even the whole sea. the same thing happened with the dodo bird and tree. its called "coevolution". when the dodo died out, there was no way for the tree to keep growing if the bird didnt eat its fruits and drop seeds. so, that could be called "co-extinction". if we keep killing basking sharks (and all other animals for that matter), they will go extinct, which will set off the domino effect, and species after species after that will die out too. Just like what BL Gallop said, the last animals alive will be in our zoos. sounds like a fun planet to live on to me.
   comment# 34   - nht · CL, IL · Nov 23, 2007 @ 6:56pm

Over-fishing and idiots like these is why our ocean populations are in such a state of decline. Sad that we don't do anything to stop ourselves from ruining this planet that has been given to us.
   comment# 35   - Senator · Bradenton, FL · Dec 10, 2007 @ 10:50pm

I read about this in a Portuguese fishing magazine, and I would like to point the fact that the shark was already dead when the fishermen pulled their nets(gillnets).Anybody who paid attention in school knows that a shark stops breathing if he is not in constant motion,tragic accident?Yes.Killed on purpose?No.They brougth the shark ashore because they did'nt know it was'nt edible.
   comment# 36   - Al Duckman · Bradford,Ontario,Canada · Jan 12, 2008 @ 12:57pm

This shark deserves to die! They should've just chopped it up alive, and drink its blood. I hate sharks, and all living creatures alike. Basking sharks are nothing but a waste of ocean space, All sea creatures should be killed. I don't mean to offend anybody, but they are so big, useless and ugly. If that was me, i would go in the ocean, catch one, and skin it alive. Thanks
   comment# 37   - Basking Shark KILLER! · Ontario,Canada · Jan 24, 2008 @ 4:46pm

Portugal é uma força da natureza.Encontram-se alguns portugueses nesse Estado a trabalhar e,outros idos de Portugal,têm também de produzir NOTÍCIA.
   comment# 38   - Fernando J. dos Santos · Coimbra Portugal · Mar 3, 2008 @ 11:33am

"The four men were fishing at night in deep water about 20 miles off the Portuguese coast when their nets snared the huge fish." about 20 miles at night in Portuguese coast...November... is not a ideal situation to save a 2.5 tones something... underwater in a tug net. i´m really really sorry for the shark and for this accident.
   comment# 39   - nuno santana · lisboa portugal · Mar 9, 2008 @ 6:32am

It looks like a basking shark to me, but it might be a mako. i think makos have more green to them though.
   comment# 40   - James · Raleigh, USA · Jun 12, 2008 @ 8:32pm

wot the hell is thing
   comment# 41   - mat · australia perth · Jul 2, 2008 @ 5:06am

Cool...too bad it died,but awesome looking,btw dont you ever wonder,if we see things like this shark for example,what about other magnificent underwater creatures?like huge sprouts ?
   comment# 42   - Anton Carter · Hadera , Israel · Sep 11, 2008 @ 1:50pm

I think that resonalbeperson 1 and 2 are part right but these beautiful animals keep our oeacens clean! its such a shame that this animal died the way it did but taking it 2 a dump is sad just think of all the homless and starving people it could feed! as for Basking shark killer If you killed all sea animals we die because if the circle of life!
   comment# 43   - Shark-lover · Australia · Sep 22, 2008 @ 8:22pm

It is sad that this harmless creature was caught in a net and died, but they are fishermen and they are just trying to make a living. you all know that they did not intend to go out and catch this beautiful creature. so wishing something bad to happen to them and there family is not right. it was an accident that just happend.
   comment# 44   - josh · usa oregon · Oct 3, 2008 @ 11:51am

It's a Basking Shark and it is a shame seeing as they feed on krill and plankton and have no teeth, therefore proving no threat to humans.
   comment# 45   - jake marshall · syracuse,usa · Oct 24, 2008 @ 7:16pm

It's sad to see that I'm even responding and taking the time out of my life to comment back. Wishing death on someone’s family is way out of line and hoping it happens to their loved ones and kids is disgusting. I’m sure everyone has done something where another person has wished death upon you or your loved ones. Re-guard less of what the cause was. People wish death on someone for cutting in line! And to say you haven’t done anything and that you’re a saint makes you an even bigger loser and liar. And wishing or using “God” or whatever religion you believe in as a tactic for fear is goes the same as being a loser. I do feel bad for that harmless shark and laws should be enforced worldwide when it comes to an endangered animal but one of the comments has a point. How many of you have walked passed someone who begged for help and done nothing? How many of you sat around as one of your own friends or family members were being mistreated and did nothing, instead of complaining go do something about. If you feel so bad for the shark take action instead of just weepy and moping around how horrible it is that this is happening. And although it may be “hard”, if you cared enough for certain animals or humans you would do more than just watch a documentary and say you want to help you’ll really physically help out instead of just saying and repeating how you could. Stop acting so powerless.
   comment# 46   - Kelly G · CA, USA · Oct 30, 2008 @ 2:30pm

Animals die get over it
   comment# 47   - APOOL · ASIA · Dec 10, 2008 @ 6:47pm

im am portuguese and 4all the stupid and patetic people that was speacking bad about the fishermens U ALL ARE SO STUPID THAT U CANT EVEN READ THE SHARK WASSSSSSSSSSSSSS ALLREADY DEADDDDDDDDDDDD .ESTES INGLESES E IRLANDESES E AMERICANOS K ENCHAM A TRONBA CHEIA DE TRAMPA POR K ELES N MERECEM NEM RESPOSTA SAO BURROS.ESTUPIDOS PALHACOS E TDO MAIS IGNORANTES DE M??????????? EU ACHO K TDS OS PESCADORES N SO PORTUGUESES MAS DE TD O MUNDO MERECEM RESPEITO POR K SO ELES E K SABEM O K PASSAM NO ALTO MAR E MAIS UMA COISAS K TDOS OS PORTUGUESES DEVIAM PENCAR K E IVA PORTUGAL
   comment# 48   - telma · england BUT I AM PORTUGUESE · Jan 15, 2009 @ 6:20pm

People are so mean... it was an accident - accidents happen. Yes, Basking Sharks are beautiful, majestic creatures of the ocean; and like almost everything else, their numbers are declining. However - it was an ACCIDENT! People on here are absolutely horrible for the things they have said. Suggestions of killing the fisherman, of drowning them, their families or their children- I cannot believe the absolute disgracefulness of such comments. It's funny how humans are the only creatures capable of inhumanity, and I'm not talking about accidentally catching a Basking Shark. To user "BL Gallop"- you clearly illustrate what it is to be a misinformed, right-wing extremist. Tasmanian Devils are still alive.. you're thinking of the Thylacine, a totally different animal (and guess what? It was extinct from Australia THOUSANDS of years before Europeans arrived, but nice try...). I would also be willing to bet that you don't know anything about the Inquisition, other than the name and the BS that Sister Francine told you in Sunday School. You spelled "tsunami" wrong, and they don't occur anywhere near Portugal. You, sir, are clearly an less than intelligent person. Moving on: to user "Hendrix69", how can you call the spectators "heartless"? It's human curiosity - its not as if they were all there with clubs trying to beat it and chanting... They didn't kill it, and I'm sure none of them wished it dead. I'm out of space,
   comment# 49   - Raphael · United States · Jan 19, 2009 @ 11:16pm

wow wwhat an amazing catch!! ..wish i could kill fish this big
   comment# 50   - greg · essex · Jan 26, 2009 @ 12:49pm

screw that its a freakin shark and it got caught in a net if i saw that thing I would kill it to
   comment# 51   - urdaddy · york SC · Feb 3, 2009 @ 11:42am

That is one huge rear orifice shark, whoever caught that is pretty proud of themselves. What kind of shark is it. That is AWESOME thanks for sharing that with everyone
   comment# 52   - Austin Hansen · Olsburg · Feb 11, 2009 @ 1:59pm

what kind of boat was used to catch this shark?
   comment# 53   - Cristina · coral springs, Fl · Apr 1, 2009 @ 10:11am

Fishermen are doing stupid unnecessary damage to the sea life. People shou difsh for themselves when they are hungry. Havig massive trawlers roam the sea is stupid emptying the oceans of fish. Majority of it just end up on shelves never used ro consumed. We have enough food on land to survive. Leave sea creatures alone
   comment# 54   - mike · london, uk · Jun 10, 2009 @ 7:05pm

I really agree with everyone else, i hope someone did use the shark...personally i would have sex with it instead of eating it but that's just me...it doesn't justify the killing but at least the shark isn't going to waste....
   comment# 55   - Tyler · Toronto, Canada · Jun 25, 2009 @ 9:10am

Read the report....'The four men were fishing at night in deep water about 20 miles off the Portuguese coast when their nets snared the huge fish'. It was a mistake. Jeez!
   comment# 56   - Al · UK · Jul 11, 2009 @ 3:40am

Screw All Fishermen. They have not only sucked all of the life out of our oceans they are starving those non-humans animals that live out of the water but depend on the ocean for their food. Ever wonder why Sea Gulls steal people's food and go through their trash and dumpsters? Their home food source is becoming more and more barren. Us Humans can easily go out and catch thousands of sea creatures for profit and food not fully realizing that the animals that REALLY depend on all those sea creatures are trying their best to get something back only we see that as a annoyance and retarded. Water dwellers don't choose to get stuck in nets or choke to death on plastic bags and strangle and drown in ropes, fishing line and/or plastic containers. It's invading their home that seems to be dieing all around them and all they want is to live in what they were born into. It's not fair to them. It's disgusting to us humans to be taking advantage of their homes without trying to give ANYTHING back. It's Sad and I'm terribly saddened.
   comment# 57   - Nora · Maine USA · Feb 4, 2010 @ 7:36pm

I can't believe this. The shark isn't even aggressive, nor does it pose a threat to anyone. It's ridiculous to kill it, a gentle giant slaughtered like so many before it. There so rare, it's saddening to see it murdered.
   comment# 58   - Eliza-Rose · Australia · Mar 26, 2010 @ 12:07am

Actually, BL Gallop and Raphael, I'm from Australia and Tasmanian Devils are still alive. Granted, they are an endagered species, but are not infact extinct. I think you both meant the Tasmanian TIGER. They are completely different animals.
   comment# 59   - Eliza-Rose · Australia · Mar 26, 2010 @ 12:15am

The shark was probably already dead when they netted it. Doubtful that some guys doing some night fishing would be able to haul a lively giant like this in. Look at it's gills. Clearly the thing had been dead for some time!
   comment# 60   - Ashley · Virginia Beach, USA · Sep 28, 2011 @ 3:27pm

What a bunch of stupid people.Could someone explain to me how they could save the shark?! They were net-fishing, probably small fishes, and something of 2,5t gets tangled on your net, how do you cut it free??????? Do you dive to go and save it!! STUPID AMERICAN IGNORANTS!!!! PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR rear orifice AND GO SEE THE WORLD!!!
   comment# 61   - MARCO · WORLD · Oct 8, 2012 @ 7:13pm

Ok this is the fishing industrys problem, people that run their mouths when they have never fished commerically a day in their life! MARCO is right...you cant save that fish at that point. Whos going to dive over and cut it out the net? I mean its not the fact that we dont want to ruin our net cause trust me, you get a 23ft shark in your net and its destroyed. Its the fact that you have a 23ft shark stuck in a net. Thats putting your own life at risk. It may not be an aggresive shark by nature but at that point its scared and unpredictible. So you can either get shark bit, sliced open by a fin in his thrashing around(shark fins will do that in an instant), just getting hit by him will be enought to shatter bones and could kill ya, or you get tangled up in your own nets or lines and drown because all this will be in the water...most fishing vessels CANNOT get a 23ft fish on deck because its just too large and heavy to do so. Dont get me wrong I do not agree with fishing a species to extintion. But fish are underwater...you cant see whats swimming into your nets its unavoidable. So I am more then willing to listen to your mindless rants the minute you come fishing with me and jump overboard with a pissed off shark. Until then dont tell us how we should do our jobs until you've been in that situation. A puppy is sweet, loving and harmless but it will bite if it feels threatend. Keep in mind this isn't a 2 pound puppy we are talking about...its a 5000 pound killing machine
   comment# 62   - Edward · North Carolina, United States · May 28, 2013 @ 11:26am

Ok this is the fishing industrys problem, people that run their mouths when they have never fished commerically a day in their life! MARCO is right...you cant save that fish at that point. Whos going to dive over and cut it out the net? I mean its not the fact that we dont want to ruin our net cause trust me, you get a 23ft shark in your net and its destroyed. Its the fact that you have a 23ft shark stuck in a net. Thats putting your own life at risk. It may not be an aggresive shark by nature but at that point its scared and unpredictible. So you can either get shark bit, sliced open by a fin in his thrashing around(shark fins will do that in an instant), just getting hit by him will be enought to shatter bones and could kill ya, or you get tangled up in your own nets or lines and drown because all this will be in the water...most fishing vessels CANNOT get a 23ft fish on deck because its just too large and heavy to do so. Dont get me wrong I do not agree with fishing a species to extintion. But fish are underwater...you cant see whats swimming into your nets its unavoidable. So I am more then willing to listen to your mindless rants the minute you come fishing with me and jump overboard with a pissed off shark. Until then dont tell us how we should do our jobs until you've been in that situation. A puppy is sweet, loving and harmless but it will bite if it feels threatend. Keep in mind this isn't a 2 pound puppy we are talking about...its a 5000 pound killing machine
   comment# 63   - Edward · North Carolina, United States · May 28, 2013 @ 11:27am

Ok this is the fishing industrys problem, people that run their mouths when they have never fished commerically a day in their life! MARCO is right...you cant save that fish at that point. Whos going to dive over and cut it out the net? I mean its not the fact that we dont want to ruin our net cause trust me, you get a 23ft shark in your net and its destroyed. Its the fact that you have a 23ft shark stuck in a net. Thats putting your own life at risk. It may not be an aggresive shark by nature but at that point its scared and unpredictible. So you can either get shark bit, sliced open by a fin in his thrashing around(shark fins will do that in an instant), just getting hit by him will be enought to shatter bones and could kill ya, or you get tangled up in your own nets or lines and drown because all this will be in the water...most fishing vessels CANNOT get a 23ft fish on deck because its just too large and heavy to do so. Dont get me wrong I do not agree with fishing a species to extintion. But fish are underwater...you cant see whats swimming into your nets its unavoidable. So I am more then willing to listen to your mindless rants the minute you come fishing with me and jump overboard with a pissed off shark. Until then dont tell us how we should do our jobs until you've been in that situation. A puppy is sweet, loving and harmless but it will bite if it feels threatend. Keep in mind this isn't a 2 pound puppy we are talking about...its a 5000 pound killing machine.
   comment# 64   - Edward · North Carolina, United States · May 28, 2013 @ 11:29am

Ok this is the fishing industrys problem, people that run their mouths when they have never fished commerically a day in their life! MARCO is right...you cant save that fish at that point. Whos going to dive over and cut it out the net? I mean its not the fact that we dont want to ruin our net cause trust me, you get a 23ft shark in your net and its destroyed. Its the fact that you have a 23ft shark stuck in a net. Thats putting your own life at risk. It may not be an aggresive shark by nature but at that point its scared and unpredictible. So you can either get shark bit, sliced open by a fin in his thrashing around(shark fins will do that in an instant), just getting hit by him will be enought to shatter bones and could kill ya, or you get tangled up in your own nets or lines and drown because all this will be in the water...most fishing vessels CANNOT get a 23ft fish on deck because its just too large and heavy to do so. Dont get me wrong I do not agree with fishing a species to extintion. But fish are underwater...you cant see whats swimming into your nets its unavoidable. So I am more then willing to listen to your mindless rants the minute you come fishing with me and jump overboard with a pissed off shark. Until then dont tell us how we should do our jobs until you've been in that situation. A puppy is sweet, loving and harmless but it will bite if it feels threatend. Keep in mind this isn't a 2 pound puppy we are talking about...its a 5000 pound killing machine.
   comment# 65   - Edward · North Carolina, United States · May 28, 2013 @ 11:30am

Ok this is the fishing industrys problem, people that run their mouths when they have never fished commerically a day in their life! MARCO is right...you cant save that fish at that point. Whos going to dive over and cut it out the net? I mean its not the fact that we dont want to ruin our net cause trust me, you get a 23ft shark in your net and its destroyed. Its the fact that you have a 23ft shark stuck in a net. Thats putting your own life at risk. It may not be an aggresive shark by nature but at that point its scared and unpredictible. So you can either get shark bit, sliced open by a fin in his thrashing around(shark fins will do that in an instant), just getting hit by him will be enought to shatter bones and could kill ya, or you get tangled up in your own nets or lines and drown because all this will be in the water...most fishing vessels CANNOT get a 23ft fish on deck because its just too large and heavy to do so. Dont get me wrong I do not agree with fishing a species to extintion. But fish are underwater...you cant see whats swimming into your nets its unavoidable. So I am more then willing to listen to your mindless rants the minute you come fishing with me and jump overboard with a pissed off shark. Until then dont tell us how we should do our jobs until you've been in that situation. A puppy is sweet, loving and harmless but it will bite if it feels threatend. Keep in mind this isn't a 2 pound puppy we are talking about...its a 5000 pound killing machine.
   comment# 66   - Edward · North Carolina, United States · May 28, 2013 @ 11:30am

Ok this is the fishing industrys problem, people that run their mouths when they have never fished commerically a day in their life! MARCO is right...you cant save that fish at that point. Whos going to dive over and cut it out the net? I mean its not the fact that we dont want to ruin our net cause trust me, you get a 23ft shark in your net and its destroyed. Its the fact that you have a 23ft shark stuck in a net. Thats putting your own life at risk. It may not be an aggresive shark by nature but at that point its scared and unpredictible. So you can either get shark bit, sliced open by a fin in his thrashing around(shark fins will do that in an instant), just getting hit by him will be enought to shatter bones and could kill ya, or you get tangled up in your own nets or lines and drown because all this will be in the water...most fishing vessels CANNOT get a 23ft fish on deck because its just too large and heavy to do so. Dont get me wrong I do not agree with fishing a species to extintion. But fish are underwater...you cant see whats swimming into your nets its unavoidable. So I am more then willing to listen to your mindless rants the minute you come fishing with me and jump overboard with a pissed off shark. Until then dont tell us how we should do our jobs until you've been in that situation. A puppy is sweet, loving and harmless but it will bite if it feels threatend. Keep in mind this isn't a 2 pound puppy we are talking about...its a 5000 pound killing machine.
   comment# 67   - Edward · North Carolina, United States · May 28, 2013 @ 11:42am
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