Neil Patrick, fishing off the coast of Panama, had a world-record black marlin on his line, at his boat. Then, he did something amazing.
He let it go.
But not before tagging it so that the 1,000-plus-pound behemoth could be tracked and studied by the scientific community.
It was the “perfect storm” when Patrick hooked the giant black marlin. To have photographers with him and Guy Harvey, who was able to dive and shore up the 50-pound leader to 80 pounds, was probably the only way he could have pulled the fish to his boat.
To be able to see where the black marlin went before returning to the waters off Panama provides scientists more information about the species in order to help preserve them for the future.
Sometimes, it is better to let the big one get away…with photos, of course.