Huntington Beach, California - A huge mako shark caught off the coast of California could set a record, but a critic said it should have been released because sharks are threatened worldwide.
Jason Johnston caught the 600kg shark on Monday after a two-and-a-half-hour battle, the Orange County Register reported.
“I’ve hunted lions and brown bears, but I’ve never experienced anything like this,” Johnston told the newspaper. “It felt like I had a one-ton diesel truck at the end of the line, and it wasn't budging.”
If the catch is confirmed and meets conditions, it would exceed the record mako catch made in 2001 off Massachusetts, said Jack Vitek, world records co-ordinator for the International Game Fish Association.
The shark should have been released, argued David McGuire, director of the California-based protection advocacy group Shark Stewards.