An Australian man caught and released a huge hammerhead shark, but missed out on a world record due to a technicality.
When the dust had settled, Dennis had released a 12-and-a-half foot hammerhead shark back into the sea. Since he was using 65-pound-test line, the big shark would have been eligible in the 130-pound line-class category according to the International Land Based Shark Fishing Association record book.
But there was one small problem: Dennis said, “I can’t claim the record because I didn’t measure its girth.”
Here’s what the current world record looks like, a fish that didn’t make it back into the water:
That hammerhead was caught by Josh Emerson in Florida back in 2008, estimated weight: 758 pounds, 12 feet long, and most importantly, it measured a 6-foot girth.
Dennis was undaunted saying he would definitely return to Pages Beach for another try. The never-say-die Aussie will have his line in the water again soon saying, “A few mates want me to show them how to catch sharks and I said I would.”
Congratulations are in order for Mr. Dennis and his friend for a successful release of such a specimen. Many hammerheads don’t even survive the fight with the fisherman, but this one was watched until it swam away and disappeared.