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750-lb Hammerhead Shark Caught Off Florida Coast May Be World Record

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FORT MYERS, Florida -- A potential world record hammerhead shark was caught on Wednesday in Boca Grande Pass.

Capt. Andy Whitbread of Fort Myers captured a 13 foot, 4 inch, 750-pound hammerhead. Whitbread used an estimated 12- to 15-pound live crevalle jack as bait and caught the fish on 80-pound class tackle for the potential line-class world record.

Whitbread has to submit an application to the International Game Fish Association in Fort Lauderdale for certification of the record.

The current world record is 620 pounds. That hammerhead was caught in Freeport, Texas in 1976.

Whitebread managed the feat with the assistance of captains Owen Osborne of Fort Myers and James Holland of LaBelle.

The men documented the weight on a certified truck scale in LaBelle, and have plans to submit an application for a record to the International Game Fish Association.

They burried the carcass in an Orange Grove in LaBelle.

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Yeah world record for one goddamn picture...and then they buried it. Marvelous
   comment# 1   - Olivia · MTL, Can · Nov 1, 2006 @ 11:48pm

I wonder if sharks have records for when they eat fat people.
   comment# 2   - Aaron · Columbus Ohio · Nov 26, 2006 @ 10:44am

What a waste. I agree with Olivia. A world record hammerhead and now he is buried??? Shame on you.
   comment# 3   - Tami · Cinti · Dec 29, 2006 @ 2:18pm

A crying shame that such a magnificent creature was killed for the sake of a potential record! When will the barbaric sport that is sport fishing be banned? Too many beautiful animals and maginificent specimens like this shark are being butchered every day by callous fisherman only interested on a photo or a set of jaws for their trophy cabinets... Someone should put a hook through their mouths and see how they would like it! To add insult to injury the body of this magnificent creature was buried in an orange grove! What a tremendous waste! All fisherman should be made to SCUBA dive before they are allowed to pick up a reel. Once they see the beauty of these creatures underwater I am sure they would think twice about fishing again.
   comment# 4   - John Gransbury · Sydney · Dec 29, 2006 @ 3:50pm

Shame on them. a truly special fish, a giant among giants. I love to fish but I can't justify killing something that big and longlived to just bury it under an orange tree. that fish was not honered or even respected in the least. I wonder if the worlds waters can survive when little men waste its gifts... Did not even eat one bite of it meat!!! Alot of bites in 750 lbs, oh you can't eat hammerhead, tastes bad huh? Then don't kill it. Just because the law says you can does not mean you should. You cannot legislate morality or ethics. Shame on them....
   comment# 5   - chad oxenford · fernandia beach, florida · Jan 18, 2007 @ 8:00pm

Where is the sport in what they do? I say put them in the water with a school of hammerheads equipped with no weapons/gear now that's a sport!
   comment# 6   - Cheyenne · Yorktown, VA · Feb 3, 2007 @ 5:53am

Why are we killing all of our world's exotic animals?? Who get's satisfaction from killing such an magnificent creature?? There's obviously a reason that sharks are now turn the tables and killing so many humans now.. Think about it, why not preserve our creatures for our children and grandkids? But i guess theres still iggnorant, unintelligent people out there who thinks this act of slaughter is amusing and fun... I think it's horrible and meant for low lifes...
   comment# 7   - Adrian · Queens. New York · Feb 24, 2007 @ 11:13am

Humans are plague to the earth. I'm ashamed to be a human. What are waste! Diving with these sharks are amazing!
   comment# 8   - Aaron · Sydney Australia · Feb 25, 2007 @ 9:00pm

I think it is just a shame. Such a magnificent creature was killed, for what so you can take a picture of it. let it be and take your pictures from your boat. We should be saving the animals not killing them. How can this be a sport. you should be a shamed of yourself.
   comment# 9   - samantha · new york brooklyn · Apr 2, 2007 @ 12:46pm

What needs to be brought to light is that hamerhead and bull sharks learn to prey on tarpon and other fish that are being targeted for catch and release by these fisheman. Boca Grande is a breeding agregation for tarpon and the hooked ones are preyed on. The fisherman actually saved many many tarpon from that fate by killing the shark. Tarpon are worth protecting since they have less worldwide distribution than shark,
   comment# 10   - Christian · Florida Keys, Florida · Apr 17, 2007 @ 6:06am

my dad caught 38 sharks including bulls, lemons, blacktips, a bonetthead and one baby hammerhead within a year and a half he was so happy when he caught them and yet you would think he'd be greedy about but he compliments the 750 lb shark every time he sees it. we're so proud of him!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 11   - jessica · homestead,florida · Apr 17, 2007 @ 9:06am

If you are going to kill it, at least use it for food or a museum or something. No video of the live animal, not even a good picture. I'm not even a tree hugger, and I think that is pretty stupid.
   comment# 12   - James · Fayetteville, US · Apr 21, 2007 @ 5:14pm

I agree with the people who say that it is a crying shame this magnificent creature was killed for no reason other than for a photo and some absurd world record. Plus I am sure that the senseless killing of alpha predators such as this large hammerhead shark hurt the ecology of the area by increasing the number of fishes it would have preyed upon.
   comment# 13   - Kent · Murrieta, Ca · Apr 21, 2007 @ 10:15pm

Here we go again. Man evil, evil, man. Give it a rest people. This guy caught an amazing fish. All I can say is I wish I had the same chance. He does not hate the world and want to kill every shark that swims in the ocean.
   comment# 14   - David · Apollo Beach, Florida · Apr 24, 2007 @ 6:58pm

I free dive with sharks and haven't been bitten once, yah i do carry a spear gun and a monster knife on my thigh, but i don't bother them they just check me out. I was several feet away from a 6ft blue shark in massachusetts once pushed him away with the spear tip. My point is killing for sport is for cowards if your gonna catch it have the balls to reach down and release. Even in the water you can be safe !!!
   comment# 15   - jack · sarasota · Apr 30, 2007 @ 11:33am

sharks rock!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 16   - chelsea · redmond · May 9, 2007 @ 11:11am

All ya'll need to get a life, I am personal friends of the "shark killers" and I can't tell you as a freediver, spearfisherman, and conservationist, that one less hammerhead shark in the ocean to get a world record hasn't hurt anyone (BUT SKYROCKETED ALL OF THEIR GUIDING CAREERS, shark's don't have feelings they are an ANIMAL, NOT A HUMAN......
   comment# 17   - Rocky · Fort Myers · May 23, 2007 @ 6:16am

   comment# 18   - ROCKY · FORT MYERS · May 23, 2007 @ 6:18am

Yes, it is sad that the creature was just buried, but think a little more about it. I'm not a taxidermist, but during the mounting process, I don't think they mount the actual shark, but create a replica of it, so the carcass would have to be disposed of somehow. Every creature has a predator to avoid overpopulation and you don't get much bigger than the shark on the food chain, so therefore we are it's predator through fishing / hunting.
   comment# 19   - Angela · Monroe, LA · Jun 11, 2007 @ 11:53am

I see all the unrealist, uninformed people posted on this story of another magnificent catch. Hammerheads are maneaters and they are increasing in numbers every year all around the world, this was a great catch one in a lifetime, congrats are in order. Hey Jack in Sarasota, good luck( and I mean it), hope you don't end up like the grizzly man, he was a fanatic( he hade a noble cause but was uninformed and naive, he got ate by a bear he said wouldn't hurt HUMANS) and cowards don't sport, come on !!
   comment# 20   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 13, 2007 @ 9:11pm

I agree with Rocky, congrats to the guys who caught it. I can't wait until I catch the one that is 13 feet 5 inches and weighs 751 pounds !
   comment# 21   - Folzee · clearwater,fl · Jun 16, 2007 @ 8:52am

someone cathes a fish people get mad how about the people that hunt and kill deer, bear etc for fun. congratulations for the fisherman
   comment# 22   - young rick · edinburg, tx · Jun 25, 2007 @ 11:56pm

I wonder if Andy now feels like a man. If this shark was caught, appreciated and then released, that would have been nice. But like many big game hunters often do, he seemed to draw pleasure from the demise of the poor animal. He probably feels like he "won". This shark was hungry, went for the fish that was provided and then got trapped on the end of a nylon line with a hook. Where is the sport? You didn't defeat this shark. You just happened to provide a meal for him that was baited with line and hook. Hunger was his enemy and captor. Andy is like most other men that have the "manhood envy" syndrome. Tricking animals into being hooked or shot from long distances makes him a coward that hides behind the facade of victory. It is only here that he feels he is alive and in control. Hunting for necessity is one thing. But to do it for "sport" is a sign of ineptness and weakness. Sport is to be competitive. Jump in the water next time and defeat a shark without weapons. You would then truly be the man you wish to be if you come out on top of that scenario!
   comment# 23   - Alvin Curtis · Holland, USA · Jun 26, 2007 @ 7:27pm

Poor animal? Alvin it sounds like you suffer from,m anhood envy talking about a 750lb hammerhead like it was a cute little kitten. Fishing for sport is not only a challenge but a way of life that we as Humans should continue to enjoy. Keep on fishing
   comment# 24   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 27, 2007 @ 6:48am

Is a bit of a waste though, just for a record...
   comment# 25   - Brad · Adelaide,Australia · Jul 6, 2007 @ 4:25am

I agree with you Brad, at the very least they should have discarded it back into the ocean. Nothing goes to waste there.
   comment# 26   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 9, 2007 @ 8:16pm

i love to fish but this is just a waste.
   comment# 27   - Trinidy · Mattawa wa · Jul 28, 2007 @ 2:10pm

Boo WHoooooooo, its a shark. who cares if it dies. It is a real sport. I'd like to see you little whimps get a shark in that massive. Good thing that they killed it because it could kill someone with it being that size. I would rather see a dead shark on the net than hear about and child being killed my a hammerhead. Go find something worth crying about you bunch of losers. Wah, Wah, Wah, cry me a RIVER!!!!!! B!TCH
   comment# 28   - Jizzm · Memphrica, USA · Aug 13, 2007 @ 9:46pm

bring a camera with ya on the boat next time. Did ya eat any of him>> didn't think so!
   comment# 29   - aroon · immokalee · Sep 2, 2007 @ 10:29am

I am a scuba diver and I seen a shark like this last week in the Bahamas on a night dive. It was truly a fantastic creature to behold as are the other animals on this earth. I believe in hunting as long as it's not just for a picture or a status. I think we waste enough as it is. I also believe that there is a limit to everything and what happens when there are no more of these creatures left?
   comment# 30   - Lena · Fort Smith · Sep 6, 2007 @ 1:43pm

awesome catch,disappointing end.
   comment# 31   - mike · shawnee ks · Sep 15, 2007 @ 7:49am

how big was bugger
   comment# 32   - jack · england · Sep 17, 2007 @ 4:27am

i think it is absolutely disgusting killing harmless hammerheads. i am currently doing a project on endangered animals and hammerheads shouldn't be on the list. stop killing them.
   comment# 33   - Samantha · Melbourne · Oct 24, 2007 @ 2:41am

The least informed people always feel they have to write in upper case. Hammerheads don't have any natural predators and therefore fishing or hunting them could be disastrous. Also, removing the largest specimens from the ocean in this way destroys the gene pool, meaning sharks of the future may become smaller and smaller. A fish like this should be tagged and put back in the sea where it belongs so that future generations can enjoy them too.
   comment# 34   - Carl · Plymouth, UK · Dec 11, 2007 @ 3:59am

The guys that caught this fish are Studs! Congratulations! The world needs hunters and fishermen. Who do you think has an interest in keeping the natural environment alive. You are idiots to think that the relatively small numbers of fish caught on single lines is a threat. Why don't you all go swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. The guy from the UK got it backwards. If the shark were put back in the ocean IT would be enjoying future generations of stupid people. Yes they're beautiful and maybe people aren't their regular food, but who cares if the shark is mistaken when it bites off your leg. Besides Hammerheads and Bullsharks are not disappearing and they like to swim and eat with the people in the shallow water. I'll bet you never swim because you are safe at home by your computer studying to be zookeepers where you will take care of the tigers. You will like to show the other keepers how at one with nature you are by going into the cage to feed them BECAUSE they're beautiful!
   comment# 35   - Jeff Lebowski · Fort Laud. · Jan 3, 2008 @ 8:07am

for all of those who say "what a shame" go out and catch your own 750lb hammerhead on tape and release it on tape so we can watch you justify your opinion,and then just shut up!!!! besides ultimately who cares or decides if crabs or insects at the orange grove get to feast on the beast, again when you catch your big shark you can feed it to the crabs because most of you crying about it wouldn't know how to revive such an animal to make sure it survives after you captured him for the record. so leave well enough alone, congrats to those fisherman, good job done!!!!!now im gonna go to florida and try to catch my own world record hammerhead shark so i can give it to whoever wants it for anything they want to do with it.
   comment# 36   - george souhlaris · breckenridge co · Jan 11, 2008 @ 7:40pm

Thats a big hammer
   comment# 37   - Jose P · Miami · Mar 6, 2008 @ 7:03am

wow! Pretty controversial! I think hunting and fishing even for sport is alright if it is done legaly we have it for a reason. I have my own personal feelings and dont hunt but my dad has hunted and my husband caught two 11 foot tiger sharks in destin. I have seen them very close in to shore. They don't frighten me but I dont think the people should be condemned or shunned for catching a shark! ther are bigger problems in the world and the money for fishing supports Florida. Think about it people everyone is entitled to do pursue happiness... legally!
   comment# 38   - jo · destin, fl · Mar 9, 2008 @ 1:48pm

i think fishing is great. i court a 10 kilo hammer head in the mouth of albanys estarie.i think thay captured that shark and killed it isn't only because they will break the world records its because lets think about trout if theres to many big trout the small ones won't grow. same with the hammer head if the big hammer heads are to many the smaller one won't grow also little fish and surfers might face extinguishes to. but i still think that they should at least keep that massive head.
   comment# 39   - jett lee · perth wa · Mar 17, 2008 @ 2:16am

Personally knowing one of the Captains; I know they hated the fact that it had to die, but it was the only way to officially get the world record. They are Captains, they are trying to run a business.
   comment# 40   - Chris · Fort Myers, FL · Apr 10, 2008 @ 7:56am

What a bunch of bleeding heart yuppies! Oh the poor creature.... hey survival of the there is any shortage of hammer heads, nope didn't think so! But it is a waste of a good fish to let it endup in an orchard...should have grilled it up!
   comment# 41   - Rob · South Padre, TX · Apr 26, 2008 @ 12:25pm

Killing just to get a record? Have we gone that low as humans? What a waste. Truly shame on us humans and on the authorities. Going in their domain and kill them for absolutely no valid reasons. If there was a threat then sure but just to look cool and be the man? Disgusting and shameful and these magnificent animals don't have any say in their own slaughter. Sad
   comment# 42   - Ash · USA · May 6, 2008 @ 11:39am

This is disgusting. Anyone who would stoop so low as to kill an animal just to get a world record, has absolutely no integrity! And for the record, sharks don't ENJOY eating people. 9 times out of 10 they mistake a swimmer for a seal or they feel threatened and want to fight back. If you don't do anything to hurt them they will not purposely hurt you. So any less than intelligent person that wrote that this shark is better off dead so that it didn't kill another human really needs to educate themselves. Go pick up a book maybe. This picture is absolutely disturbing.
   comment# 43   - Carly · Chicago, IL USA · May 11, 2008 @ 9:05pm

I'm not going to loose any sleep over a big rear orifice shark. Didn't Indians plant fish with their corn? Most, if pressed, would admit oranges taste better than shark, one of that size in particular. I bet it still has offspring in the ocean. I mean, damn, if you people are that concerned, drive to Florida, dig it up, freeze it, and go to med school to learn how to clone the bastard.
   comment# 44   - Brent Sullivant · Gainesville, Texas · May 17, 2008 @ 10:08pm

man i fish boca grand a lot and catch shark all the time ya iv caught a hammerhead and the thing gave a wonderful fight for about 20min and it was about 5ft and weighed 55-65lbs. short but fat and 13ft wow also 750lbs wooooow should of ate it...
   comment# 45   - dustin elg · cape coral, flordia · May 20, 2008 @ 5:35pm

Amazing what people (the most destructive creatures on this planet) will do for recognition. Yes, let's all go fishing and kill more sharks so we can further destroy the fragile ecosystem and speed up the Earth's inevitable destruction!!!
   comment# 46   - Mojo · Indiana, USA · May 30, 2008 @ 8:00am

Relax people. It was ONE very big shark. There are plenty others out there in this world which is more ocean than land. I have seen a big hammerhead while surfing one evening and if I saw someone put a shark the size of the one I saw back in the water, I would smack them. This shark they caught would turn right around and "taste" one of these guys and not care one bit if it was the dude that released it. They are eating machines, and so are we. It is a shame when we kill a giant creature, and it is a tragedy when a giant creature kills a human, destroying a family. Have you seen what has happened in Mexico lately? I'm not saying this is a war of man vs. shark. It's LIFE!
   comment# 47   - Brian Dery · Indialantic, flordia · Jun 8, 2008 @ 6:51pm

i am a fisher man who enjoys the see but to see that is disgusting to see what some people have said you all should be ashamed to think a shark is just an animal that it has no emotions how everything has a right to live and to kill something because of a record is messed up. you dummies ever heard of catch and release? something of that size and magnitude deserves to be left alone you catch and release marlin. why not a beautiful shark? i only ever catch what i need humans are the only creature to kill for pleasure. we all are a plague
   comment# 48   - clayt · perth, australia · Jun 9, 2008 @ 6:30pm

The most grotesque display of fishing I have ever seen! All for some record, I hope you are all proud of the massacre you created!
   comment# 49   - Dana Herman · Boca Raton, FL · Jun 13, 2008 @ 1:00pm

Hell yeah, nice. There are plenty of hammerheads, taken trophy fish every so often regulates a preditor with no natural enemies. I am sure they kept as much as they could off this shark to include it's jaws as a trophy that can become a family heirloom. If this shark died in the wild it would have fed the same scavengers that the carcass they threw back fed. All I can say to these guys is, I am going to beat this record.
   comment# 50   - Chris B · Delray Beach, FL · Jun 22, 2008 @ 12:21pm

I just think that it is sad that sharks have been around for 25 million years and now reach the brink of extinction due to humans. They were living for so long peacefully until humans dissrupted there homes.If you think about it that way how do you have a right to kill them for fun. They don't mean to kill you. They would perfer not to eat humans. However we just keep killing of there food sorce and then swimming around in thier kitchen. Is that really ok with people?
   comment# 51   - Rachel Menton · Fort Myers Beach Florida · Jul 22, 2008 @ 12:33pm

For all of you that think catching a shark that big is not a sport. I would love to put you out in Boca Grande Pass Florida during tarpon season with a live sting ray at the end of your line and tell me you can land a shark that big you will sit out there for a mounth and hook a humdred different sharks and you will never land a singel one that big and if you love them so much you just go right ahead and jump right in and swim around four about five maybe ten minutes out in the Pass and you'll see jaws all over!!!!
   comment# 52   - Zach · Punta Gorda,United States · Jul 24, 2008 @ 11:46am

I think they killed the shark we named "Hitler." We'd see Hitler crusing Blind Pass in Sanibel while surfing, he'd cruse by now and then and scare the baggies off your rear orifice. Believe me if you saw that dictator in the H2O while you were swiming, you have 0 problem with fertilizing your citrus trees with it. Funny, alot of people have a problem with wacking a potentially dangerous preditor, but wouldn't think twice about flushing a fetus down the crapper. I guess some people permanently suffer from cranial rectal inversion.
   comment# 53   - Surfer Stud · USA · Jul 28, 2008 @ 5:34pm

surfer guy makes a great point..its kinda sad how u treehuggin liberal commies would be fine with killing babies but not sharks...and its kinda hard to actually "catch " the shark and get a picture with it without sticking 2 or 3 gafs in it, thus making it pointless to release it.
   comment# 54   - mitchell · baton rouge ,United States · Aug 2, 2008 @ 4:38pm

Never in history has a hammerhead shark ever killed any humans. They are extremely wonderful creatures! Because of people like you, the world's population of shakrs have diminished by 90%. Sharks have been around for over 400 million years, even before dinausores. Fewer sharks means more fish that eat miniature plankton creatures who take the earth's CO2 which causes global warming and transforms it into 80% of the worlds oxygen. Killing sharks in a long run will influence global warming and reduce our planets oxygen which we all need in order to live. So you may want to rethink about killing those beautiful creatures to make yourself look like a man, because in the end, you're just making yourself look like a complete ignorant son of a less than respectable female!
   comment# 55   - Max · Canada · Aug 5, 2008 @ 5:29pm

unbelievable i would do anything to catch a big bruiser like that! have that baby stuffed
   comment# 56   - frank · pickerington, ohio · Sep 5, 2008 @ 12:15pm

Fishing (and killing)sharks is a wonderful sport. I travel to Florida and often fish for shark. Killing huge sharks is the right thing to do. The bigger the shark, the bigger the prey they feed on -and people fall into that catagory. Kill all large sharks!
   comment# 57   - Mike · Massachusetts · Nov 12, 2008 @ 8:19am

Great point Max from Canada - Hammerheads don't hunt people. All of you that support killing sharks for sport have shown yourselves to be ignorant, narrow-minded and emotionally stunted with absolutely no idea of your impact on the ecosystem you are messing with. Perhaps if you learnt some basic spelling and grammar it might enable you to pick up a book and learn how to do something useful - like conserve rather than kill, or at least learn how an ecosystem works and understand what damage you are doing. A 'real man' doesn't need to kill animals to feel good about himself. Go and get some mental help - you clearly need it.
   comment# 58   - Kirsty · Sydney, Australia · Nov 16, 2008 @ 2:57am

For all you folks that think sport fisherman are killing off the sharks think again. Take a look at the big foreign fishing fleets taking just there fins and throwing them back. I will bet those captains have released more sharks then any of you have ever seen. It is not so easy to catch anything , let alone a fish of that size. congrats on the record, but anyone from this area knows there are bigger here , and we will all be going for that record.LOL. Fishing is a sport that has been around for a long time, and will continue to be. Get out and give it a try , it is not that easy to find, hook and catch any fish that is considered big for that species.You cant just throw some meat in there kitchen as one poster wrote.Once again nice fish and congrats. And to the tree huggers, save the babies not the huge sharks.
   comment# 59   - love fishing · cape coral florida · Nov 18, 2008 @ 5:47pm

Should have gotten a full body mount.... that would have been cool.... but very pricey
   comment# 60   - kabob · canada · Nov 19, 2008 @ 3:56pm

why the hell did they bury it?
   comment# 61   - the next president · inside your mind · Dec 16, 2008 @ 9:09am

All these people stating "if it wasnt caught it would kill someone" and "glad it was killed" are complete idiots. Sharks dont just attack for no reason they are usually provoked. And if you dont want to get bitten, stay out of the water!!! Sharks dont walk up the beach and bother us do they? Whalers, shark hunters etc, they should all be hunted themselves preferably by me with a shotgun.
   comment# 62   - Steve · UK · Dec 26, 2008 @ 4:45pm

Congradulations on such a great catch ignore all these people who dont know what there talking about its one shark the ocean can do without and dont say im mean because im all for catch and release and just stop the immature "thats so mean".
   comment# 63   - riley · Miami Florida · Dec 28, 2008 @ 4:23pm

I love sportfishing. Great catch guys, but to be honest i haven't got a problem with anyone catching or hunting creatures like this as long as it is apreciated for it's life. Thus if you can't eat it then let it go. It would be a fitting end if you ate and enjoyed your capture and makes killing it worthwhile.
   comment# 64   - Jason · Central Coast, Australia · Dec 29, 2008 @ 10:22pm

Oh and man-eaters!!! Come on guys. you can swim with these sharks and they couldn't give a toss about you. Don't get between them and thier meal and they won't touch you.
   comment# 65   - Jason · Central Coast, Australia · Dec 29, 2008 @ 10:24pm

Nice fish! I'm not really sure about these people crying over your catch... I SCUBA dive and it does not stop me from fishing. I hike and that does not stop me from hunting. It would have been good to hear the meat was eaten, but who the heck wants to eat old shark meat? You probably couldn't even donate it to a food line. Again, great catch!! I'll bet it was a rush to reel it in...
   comment# 66   - Stephen · Anchorage, Alaska · Dec 30, 2008 @ 2:10pm

It is totally disheartening to see such a magnificient creature being butchered only for the momentory satisfaction of some Jerks!!We need to wake up against such atrocities against Animals,..
   comment# 67   - Zeeshan · Pune,India · Jan 2, 2009 @ 1:11pm

To all you people going on about "if you fell in it would eat you without a second thought, so it should be killed!", or "by killing it we have saved a bunch of fish!" - wake up. Why shouldn't it eat you? It's not like it is some ruthless murderer. It doesn't hold some terrible grudge against you, it would merely be doing what we all do to survive: eating, and if you are in it's territory then I say you are fair game. You go into a creatures territory knowing the risks. Besides, 95% of the time it wouldn't bother you. No person can sensibly defend people going out of their way to kill creatures for nothing more than sport.To kill anything for fun is simply wrong, if it's wrong to do it to a person why is it any different to do it to a creature? And to that person who said "it's an animal not a human, it has no feelings", how ridiculous. Where did you learn that one? Just because it cannot verbally protest to being slaughtered does not mean it doesn't have feelings. It feels that hook going through the side of its head and then being hauled onto a boat just as much as you would. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying killing any animal is wrong, I eat meat like most people, but to kill for no reason other than bragging rights is disgusting and little more than a quick fix for people trying to feel big and tough. If you insist on arguing otherwise I would advise you to actually think about wha
   comment# 68   - Tim Christian · Sydney, Australia · Jan 5, 2009 @ 5:04am

i beleive them. i have seen hitler. he will circle your boat and thats a good chance to ketch hitler.ithrew my line in and bammm he took my sring
   comment# 69   - tyler · florida · Jan 14, 2009 @ 12:36pm

what a catch. Must have been quite an experience. Keep enjoying the outdoors - despite the detractors.
   comment# 70   - jim · new york · Jan 25, 2009 @ 3:25pm

Should have at least chopped it up and eaten what they could. I dont have a beef with hunting or fishing for the hell of it but someone with any sense would know what to do in that situation. Take pics and let it swim again. Hey, it aint gonna kill you to do it. These are greedy bastards.
   comment# 71   - daniel johnson · powder springs usa · Feb 19, 2009 @ 2:56pm

I can't believe they would burry it. I am a tree hugger and i'm not against fishing and hunting but when it's an endagered or threatend species let it be. Good god people get your kicks some other way. What's wrong with your heads?
   comment# 72   - Tamara · Canada · Feb 20, 2009 @ 12:46pm

chill people act like they destroyed the whole entire population of hammerheads...they just happened to land a world record...shut the hell up! just because you will never catch a shark that big does not give you the right to treat these great sportsman like murderers...give me a damn break
   comment# 73   - cole green · valdossta, ga · Mar 3, 2009 @ 6:02am

Perfect. Catch it, kill it, smile and get the record. Then throw away the useless carcass you cannot even eat. How clever. Congratulations to the brave "captains", be proud. How idiotic:(
   comment# 74   - Tim Gavrilin · Hungary/Russia · Mar 3, 2009 @ 6:35am

   comment# 75   - JON F · TYLER, TEXAS · Mar 19, 2009 @ 8:53pm

***Perhaps if you learnt some basic spelling and grammar it might enable you to pick up a book and learn how to do something useful - Kirsty Sydney, Australia Nov 16, 2008 @ 2:57am *** Perhaps the word you were looking for was "learned", not "learnt".... Then again, what do I know? I'm just a ignorant meataterian oaf.... :P
   comment# 76   - Anthony · Bronx, NY · Mar 23, 2009 @ 8:05pm

Wow! Sounds like Texas has spoken! I read probably half of the comments here and had to stop. I've heard enough to ad my two cents ... "Sport" fishin." Has anyone of you Texans seen the movie Alien? Yes, it's a fictional story blah, blah, blah. But it will serve me well to point out the rediculous behavior of "sport fishing." Why do you think we have sharks in the water? They act as filters. Keeping our waters healthy by eliminating dead and decaying animals. Yes, they do in fact hunt in addition to suppliment the volume needed to sustain their existence and that may include man. (This is although very rare) Sharks of all varieties posses some wonderful qualities which we're just now (last 50 years) starting to understand and appreciate. Cancer fighting qualities are among them. Someone mentioned that we humans are the plague here on earth. I don't think you're too far off! No species has been able to reek such havoc on earth until man that is. I wouldn't expect to hear too many appositions coming from Texas, since "the village less than intelligent person" is from the proud state of Texas. "Land of the head in the sand" Oh, no... global warming is not real. I appologize in advance to those of you who reside in Texas and actually have a clue RE: global matters. (refering to global warming) I'm not refering to how "our" commander in chief assisted in the safe departure of the Bin Laden family
   comment# 77   - Bud · Seattle, WA USA · Mar 27, 2009 @ 10:46am

So less shark attacks are to happen if this one is killed? lol. Not really. See hammerheads kill other sharks. There are at least 9 species of H.Heads 3 of which are actually dangerous to people. Humans like any other animal (bc we are animals as well) have the right to live. If this is just a hobby (something to do for the hell of it) then i feel these guys did this for the wrong reason but if it is what supports them and their families...well you have to bring bread in some how. No matter what anybody says or writes, it wont stop people from being well....people.
   comment# 78   - Josue · Dallas · Mar 28, 2009 @ 8:23am

ok all you women need to grow up this is the circle of life and humans are at the top. Stop being tree huggers. Until you reel in a 750 pound shark you can all shut your mouths. This is a huge feat and these guys should be congagulated. Nice catch
   comment# 79   - Ethan · portland MI · May 1, 2009 @ 9:46am

I don't care how popular sport fishing is today. That proves nothing. To me, it's disgusting to take pleasure in a sport of killing another creature for fun, and so that a few idiots get their name in a record book, and snap a photo. Then they trashed the carcass. It's just wrong. Had the fish been used for food or somehow applied to scientific research, I might have found it slightly less offensive. Was this one of the three endangered species of the nearly dozen species? Please tell me it wasn't...
   comment# 80   - Emory · Boston, MA, · May 9, 2009 @ 3:03pm

they probably ate the shark, it says they burried the carcass, they verywell may have cleaned the shark and taken home the meat. I just ate hammerhead yesterday, and it was great. MmMmMm what a tasty marvelous creature.
   comment# 81   - shanna · orlando, fl USA · May 10, 2009 @ 9:56am

REALY!!! i am a fishermen!!! i cach and release whatever i catch!! and yes! ive been SCUBA diveing in fresh and salt water!! realy!! and, i do thing it was a waste to burry it but not to catch it!!! and should i keep a fish, i eat it!!! but what are you gona say to mister tiger when he tries to eat you!! o come to LA and see the wonderful lights!! No he eats you!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 82   - bob · canada · May 19, 2009 @ 2:23pm

Very nice!! remove a breeding shark from the Ecosystem for a picture and your name in a book. The only way a shark knows if anything is edible within its enviroment is to take a bite. Humans can see, touch, ond decide what it wants to eat in every eviroment and ecosystem. so who is the real predator? and then dont try to sell the meat or eat it yourself but bury it. a waste! a very shameful waste.
   comment# 83   - Joy Winter · Murfreesboro, usa · Jun 9, 2009 @ 7:24pm

I had the incredible pleasure of diving off Grand Cayman recently and looking off the wall and seeing one of the incredible creatures. I agree with the post about scuba diving before you fish b/c underwater you see the magesty, the incredible engineering of this creature, the way it flawlessly and seamlessly moves through the water. Not the least bit agressive or threatened, it simply ignored my husband and I as we floated along, 10 feet to the side of it and then simply swam off into the deep blue. I feel blessed....that is what enjoying nature (in my book) is all about.
   comment# 84   - Jennifer N · Austin, TX · Jun 18, 2009 @ 11:06am

I just want to start out saying, NICE CATCH! I belive fishing should continue as it has for hundreds of years but one change would maybe be letting the fish back after you catch it? Hmm good idea. Why kill this fish? so another fisher cant come catch it again when its 5 pounds heavier and get the record?
   comment# 85   - Kevin B · Hamilton, Canada · Jun 19, 2009 @ 12:11pm

Sharks are not like other fish that produce thousands of young at a time. They are K-strategists like humans meaning they have slow growth, delayed maturation, long gestation, and few young. People should maybe educate themselves on the biology of the animals they are hunting . . . Watching a documentary like Shark Water might be a real eye opener to the status of sharks populations worldwide.
   comment# 86   - Amy · Rockledge, Florida, USA · Jul 2, 2009 @ 4:46am

What an awful ending. Who cares about your stupid records. It should have been put back. And to bury it in an orange grove? That's just wrong. I don't disagree with huntingor fishing. It's fun and rewarding. I don't agree with wasting. IF your going to kill an animal, for whatever reason, at least eat it so it doesn't go to waste.
   comment# 87   - Rose · USA · Jul 9, 2009 @ 11:19am

Nice catch guys, just got back from the keys great variety of great fighting fish.
   comment# 88   - William · UK · Jul 14, 2009 @ 4:11am

How moronic. I think sport fishing is useless anyway, but if you're going to wate another creature's life, at least make use of it and eat it.
   comment# 89   - liz · or, usa · Aug 3, 2009 @ 5:48pm

Those who practice and defend sport catching of sharks and other large marine predators (by arguing these animals are a danger to humans) must not forget that THEY and their fascist attitude are the real danger to life. If a shark would feast on THEM, it would be a good service to the marine AND terrestrial ecosystem. And by the way, people who practice killing animals like sharks for sport ONLY live out their perversions. Their sadism goes hand in hand with their DEEP feeling of sexual inferiority. People who kill animamals for sport NEVER have been men, and never will be. They are nothing but despisable cowards, because no animal on earth can defend itself against hunting technology. This is true for those who kill grizzlies as well as those who kill sharks. There is another name for sport-killing: cold-blooded murder. And if some dare to spread the lie that sharks cannot experience pain like human beings then they are concluding from their own disabled psyche to the animals. This is an insult to every living being. Please, to get a broader scope on the issue of overfishing, watch: "The end of the line", a ground-breaking documentary released this year. THANKS.
   comment# 90   - Danny · Hamburg, Germany · Aug 4, 2009 @ 3:22pm

thats a shame just take the stupid picture and let the record holder go. the shark is huge it got that way by avoiding humans and what do we do? Go out on our silly little boats and kill what ever big shark we find.before you root for the angelers just ask your salf is it really worth the life of a magnificant shark for your face in a record book
   comment# 91   - Frog · Kernersville N.C · Aug 5, 2009 @ 7:51pm

I found more but these are as good as there is out there on the net. mikey
   comment# 92   - michael matteson · oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066 · Sep 29, 2009 @ 10:31pm

Are we having a PETA convention on here. Don't get me wrong, I believe that if you hunt or fish, you should eat what you catch/kill. But I don't think it went to waste. As Josey Wales said, worms got to eat too. Well, he said something close to that anyway.
   comment# 93   - Johnny W · North Carolina · Oct 6, 2009 @ 6:17am

For all those people who say this was just one shark caught- what about the millions of people killing sharks EVERY SINGLE DAY. This is one more shark that will not be around to balance the ocean's ecosystem and for my children to scuba dive with. There are too many poor excuses for men that catch these dwindling creatures; they need to stop thinking about only their primitive selves and save nature for the rest of us 7 billion people on the planet.
   comment# 94   - jamie · chicago, USA · Oct 6, 2009 @ 7:55am

Nice catch!!! That is the biggest hammerhead I have ever seen.
   comment# 95   - Tram · Michigan · Oct 6, 2009 @ 9:59am

Awesome. Get a few bulls while you're at it! :)
   comment# 96   - Michael · Destin, FL · Oct 6, 2009 @ 12:41pm

Leave other species alone. Geez. Nothing but murderers. All those stupid hillbilly hunters, etc., should all move to Texas, and then we can Blow up Texas......ALL FOR SPORT!!!!!!!!! I hope KARMA gets these people back 3 times as bad.
   comment# 97   - Yo Momma · Amsterdam, Holland · Oct 7, 2009 @ 5:04am

Nice catch!
   comment# 98   - Mike · Hong Kong U.K · Oct 20, 2009 @ 9:26am

Mike would like to see you in the same position...and me holding you as...e...
   comment# 99   - el-mar · germany · Nov 3, 2009 @ 1:35pm

Danny from Germany, you are obviously describing yourself. Those who were fascist shouldn't call others their brothers as an insult!
   comment# 100   - gog · there · Nov 17, 2009 @ 7:01pm

why dont you all stop crying just take a look at it if you dont like it dont look nothing you can do
   comment# 101   - wesley · hobe sound fl · Nov 23, 2009 @ 4:49pm

Thank god that thing was friggin' killed what a disgusting creature. All you hippies that are crying about omg its such a beautiful animal how about we throw you in a tank with this so called beautiful animal then.
   comment# 102   - weekendwarrior · here · Dec 4, 2009 @ 9:28am

for all you tree huggers crying about it going to waste , it did not ,the fisherman did not eat it but something else did (bugs gotta eat to) and in turn they were eaten by higher life forms going all trhe way up the chain to humans so actuallyt we ate it.
   comment# 103   - Hillbilly Hunter · St. Louis Mo. · Jan 2, 2010 @ 8:55am

So sad why we do this for just a measley profit, I live like 4.5 hours away from FT myers and go to the Boca Grande Pass a helluva lot, I KNOW hammerhead sharks are diminishing and that I can tell because I've recorded the number of dorsal fins I've seen. It has dropped DRASTICALLY within these past few years.
   comment# 104   - Taylor Zimmerman · Oviedo Florida USA · Jan 26, 2010 @ 9:47am

they disposed of the carcass, or for those of you who don't kill anmials often, its skeleton. i'm positive they kept the head. i can promise you they ate the shark. sure they could've dropped the skeleton (carcass) in the ocean for the crabs to pick at but they put it in an orange grove. anybody know anything about fertilizing? little land based bugs eating the bones? decomposing carcasses are good for the environment. don't worry if you're complaining about your kids seeing animals, by the time they're grown looking at them won't be allowed. (all lower case, Carl from UK)
   comment# 105   - bill · TEXAS · Jan 28, 2010 @ 3:37pm

All yall hippies need to get a life. Fishin is one of the best sports ever. Yall need to stop whining. He caught it so he can do what he wants with it.
   comment# 106   - Stefan · Sonoma Cali, AMERICA · Feb 2, 2010 @ 6:49pm

I've spent millions of my own dollars to aid in a variety of humanitarian and oceanic preservation foundations. Everyone who is upset about this needs to take a breath and do something other then cry and complain online. I love to fish, always have. It has nothing to do with masculinity (alvin curtis in holland - dumbest one in here by far). Believe it or not, my fishing buddies are two women. Two women whom are also preservationists. We have been very successful in business and have contributed millions of our own dollars to the four top oceanic preservation foundations and have been fortunate enough to save literally millions more fish then we could ever take from the ocean. Most fisherman do try to put back more then they take out. If they just don't give a damn... yes, shame on them. I just don't associate myself with them and do my best to work with other preservationists to make up for what they take out. It's obvious to me that if everyone in here has had a basic ocean preservation lesson, their would be a lot less complaining going on. You guys should be smart enough to know that your complaining and name calling does nothing but egg people on, so shame on you the most. Get off your butt and go do something productive about it. I'm sick of feeling like myself and friends are the only ones that actually do something real about oceanic preservation. If you're someone that has never donated a cent to oceanic preservation but is sitting here complaining,
   comment# 107   - Brent · Florida Keys · Apr 24, 2010 @ 11:38am

i have 18 hammerheads for sale and thats a good catch but all of mine are bigger
   comment# 108   - jaden hayes · colombus,oh · Apr 28, 2010 @ 5:01am

go green....people should realize that humans are the worst creature on earth, we are quick to pass judgment on just about anything we can. people can't just leave well enough alone, this story is a few years old now, let's get on to another new topic that might just be a little more important than what a few dead fish mean to this world!!! START BITCHN' ABOUT ORGANIZED HEALTHCARE,OR SOMETHING THAT EFFECTS YOUR LIFE!!!,,, maybe we should kill stupid people?!, the world might be a better place to live. every person crying about this story needs to get on with their life, since then many other sharks have fallen victim to baited hooks, and more important topics have come up, so write something that might make a difference, and not just speak your mind like your opinion really means scat!! Let people be people and go on with your life, and leave well enough alone...DAMNIT!!!!!
   comment# 109   - Boston George · on the water everywhere · May 2, 2010 @ 11:02pm

who burries a record holding shark!!! u damn idiots should have gotton it mounted at least.
   comment# 110   - Hunter · USA · Jun 21, 2010 @ 12:59pm

George souhlaris is that you?!?!
   comment# 111   - Kevin · Boston · Jul 16, 2010 @ 8:46am

   comment# 112   - GEORGE SOUHLARIS · BRECK COLORADO · Feb 19, 2011 @ 1:27pm

To all of the human haters,if we are such horrible creatures you should help save the planet and remove yourself from it.
   comment# 113   - Scott · Pennsylvania · Feb 25, 2011 @ 3:28pm

"Personally knowing one of the Captains; I know they hated the fact that it had to die, but it was the only way to officially get the world record. They are Captains, they are trying to run a business." And their business is to cature record breaking sharks just to bury them? or do they prefer finninHow funny will it be that when you finally do kill off enough sharks, other marine predators eat all your fish. What business will there be then?
   comment# 114   - Samuel · Albuquerque · Mar 9, 2011 @ 1:45pm

Seriously, it's a shark not a human being. What's done is done so shut up and stop crying about it. Yes, it's stupid to kill animals for nothing, but for goodness sake get over it. Sharks kill people too. Oh geez crime to humanity that they killed a huge shark! Really? Have you ever killed an ant, a bug, how about any animal? The answer is yes, so who cares they killed a huge shark that could have hurt a lot of people. By the way Adrian your quote, "Think about it, why not preserve our creatures for our children and grandkids?" you want your child or grandchild to meet that? And Aaron your quote, "Humans are plague to the earth. I'm ashamed to be a human," seriously? Seriously?!? Talk about generalization and overexageration much? You don't wanna be a human, what do you want to be a plant? Seriously try thinking before you speak. And by the way there is a legal limit to how many sharks you can catch and a season depending on where you are. They aren't the whales that are gonna die out soon! We have specific laws to prevent that you hypocritical idiots. P.S. to anyone who didn't say it was a "horrible, awful, terrible" thing congrats at least some of you have a brain!
   comment# 115   - sam · lc, U.S · Apr 19, 2011 @ 3:52pm

To follow up my predissesor, Sam, Dear Aaron, if God is merciful, he will make you Hindu, you will die, and be reincarnated as bluefin tuna or something equally delicious. The simple fact is, if you weren't a human you wouldn't have the brain power to complain... about anything at all really. Your life would consist of the daily quest for food, saftey, and primal nature. Whats wrong with primal nature? hm... Chaos? Yeah. We are a wasteful culture, all of us 'western' ones, too far from our food sourses to respect them when we see them. But... that will be one very healthy orange tree, at least. I suppose there is some circle-of-life style justice in that.
   comment# 116   - Emily · Cameron (where smart people come from) US · Apr 20, 2011 @ 2:46pm

firstly hammerhead are not maneaters and they are on the decline due to finning and the so called sports fishermen. this is for all the thick illiterate people who have made comments without any knowledge about sharks.
   comment# 117   - jim · england · Jun 14, 2011 @ 11:48pm

Nice catch, But you guys should of at least released it instead of just planting it in a freakin orange grove..What a waste of a great creature!!!
   comment# 118   - Tony · United States · Jul 7, 2011 @ 10:30am

"Humans are plague to the earth. I'm ashamed to be a human". You lousy nincompoop. If that's the way you feel then go ahead and do away with yourself, we don't need you.
   comment# 119   - Leah · USA · Aug 31, 2011 @ 12:36pm

Its awsome that they caught that thing but to bad they burried it thats a waste of good meat but that thing was terrorising us fishermen
   comment# 120   - Nick · USA · Sep 13, 2011 @ 12:24am

Or instead of eating or being burried or being releast put him in a tank for reasearch on how he got so big
   comment# 121   - Nick · USA · Sep 13, 2011 @ 12:26am

Btw jim hammerheads are man eaters my cousins leg got eaten by one
   comment# 122   - Nick · USA · Sep 13, 2011 @ 12:29am

The only reason the BIG hammerheads are in large numbers in Boca Pass is because of the hundreds of idiots Tarpon fishing. Every year they show up more and more... They hook these Giant, adult, proven breeder, tarpon and then release them. Only thing is when the tarpon is released it is far too tired and weak to out swim these giant hammerheads (which it normally could do easily) and the tarpon become another easy meal for the sharks. If you took away the years of the jackazzez all piled up in the pass fishing for the tarpon anyone could swim across or in the pass with little danger of a giant hammerhead attacking. Now I wouldn't give someone 5 minutes before they were shredded wheat... Great catch but really GAY to kill the shark and burry it in an orange grove. In the not so distant future this will be illegal.
   comment# 123   - Guy Harvey · Fort Lauderdale, FL · Sep 28, 2011 @ 9:55am

All tree huggers, you obviously never stepped foot into the real wild, FEED YOURSELVES TO THE SHARKS AND QUIT RUINING OUR LIVES, thanks
   comment# 124   - bearhunter · Tazewell VA · Apr 3, 2012 @ 6:03am

All you people who hunt for sharks need to see the wonders of what your killing and how it affects everything thing around you not just go killing a shark which is a marvelous creature of the world. This goes for everyone who defending the sport of killing creatures for no reason at all but a picture.
   comment# 125   - bob · afsa · Aug 6, 2012 @ 12:29pm

You evil shark killers. Maybe you should be killed next.
   comment# 126   - Jha · Australia · Mar 2, 2013 @ 7:47pm

Cool fish ;)
   comment# 127   - Jesse · Conroe, USA · Sep 13, 2014 @ 7:12pm

I get a chuckle out of all this drama. Everyone, please refer to the statement "buried the carcass". When we conservationists here in MO hunt deer to control their numbers because of all the tree huggers wanting to live in Nature ( a/k/a known as encroaching on the animals territory ) have run their natural predators away. What? Its ok with you if a cougar comes & lives in your neighborhood? Cause we have a mama and two cubs nearby and live fine.... Just saying when we hunt deer.. we bury the Carcass (look it up in the dictionary please) in the woods After Harvesting the Meat. Do you know this was Not the case dear mudslingers? Sharks have teeth, cougars have claws... humans have brains. We are the conservers who balance populations people. Fishing guides and the work they do to control populstion, educate people how to hunt... are invaluable. Records are meant to encouragevthis in a world that is far too quickly becoming locked into electronics and people who are obese. Please use your brains and be Responsible Netizens. Think and research before you spout off.
   comment# 128   - Phoenixcat · Kansas City MO · Dec 3, 2014 @ 8:53pm

Hammerheads get twice TT size. Check out Hector the hammerhead at Diego Garcia. I saw him in 1980 from USS Dixie
   comment# 129   - Ron · Wichita ks · Feb 20, 2017 @ 11:48am
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