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Woman Who Caught Shark While Ice Fishing Lacked Proper Shark Fishing Permit, Faces Fine

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STE-ROSE-DU-NORD, Quebec -- The woman who caught a shark the size of a small car while ice fishing earlier this week could be fined because she didn't have the proper fishing permits.

Diane Guillemette was fishing with her partner in the Saguenay fiord - where waters from the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Ocean meet about 250 kilometres north of Quebec City - when she caught a Greenland shark.

The shark, which weighed 230 kilograms and was more than three metres long, had to be hauled from the ice with the help of a snowmobile.

But while Guillemette's catch attracted the attention of media outlets across the province, it also raised eyebrows at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Officials for the government body are investigating the catch because Guillemette didn't have a permit to fish shark. According to the agency, she should have cut her line and returned the shark to the water.

The agency could hand down a fine sometime next week.

The giant shark itself was expected to be displayed in a local museum, but a maritime institute in Rimouski has commandeered the cadaver.


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2 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

The flesh of a Greenland shark is poisonous. One of the few poisonous animals that you can die from eating the meat of. Greenland sharks are the second largest shark after Great Whites and frequent cold waters. They are not known to attack humans and are fairly lethargic. There is an article somewhere on this site about the flesh of poisonous animals like Polar Bear liver, Kuru and Greenland Shark.
   comment# 1   - Joseph P. Finneman · New York, NY, USA · Jan 18, 2007 @ 12:12am

Actually, aren't they the fourth largest shark? Behind the whale, basking and great white. But they're the second largest meat eater. Joseph is right in that they are mostly lethargic, but as far as being dangerous to humans, it isn't really known. The waters they live in are too cold for humans to enter.
   comment# 2   - Jonathan Trenn · Falls Church, VA, USA · Feb 23, 2007 @ 6:18pm
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