A fisherman has caught an 11ft killer shark, which he believes is a record for British waters.
Rob Rennie is only one of a handful of fishermen to have caught a rare but deadly mako, which is a cousin of the Great White shark.
The Mirror reports that, the 49-year-old was shark fishing on his charter boat 35 miles off the coast of west Wales when the monster specimen bit onto a mackerel bait.
He and five of his colleagues, among them, was a first time shark angler Daniel Kingsbury, spent two hours bringing the shark alongside their 32ft long vessel. By estimating its length and girth he calculated its weight at between 800lbs and 1,200lbs. The current record for a rod-caught mako shark in UK waters stands at 500lbs and dates back to 1971.
The rules on claiming such records state the specimen must be weighed on land. As this would have meant killing the shark, but Rob decided against this and released it back into the sea.
Rob, a charter boat skipper from Hereford, said: “Makos are dangerous, probably on par with the Great White.”
“This one was huge. He was so big that we couldn’t reel him in and had to actually drive the boat to him and pick up the slack.”
“I would say it was at least 11ft and had an enormous girth. My guess would be that it weighed between 800lbs and 1,200lbs.”
“That would make it the biggest rod caught shark ever in British waters, which would be amazing. In days gone by claiming a record meant killing the shark which we absolutely weren’t going to do.”
“I am still hoping we can claim a record using a system based more on trusting the honesty of the skipper. I’m really pleased with it as a catch and the reaction from the fishing world has been unbelievable.”