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Huge 13-Foot Hammerhead Shark Caught in Texas

Eric Ozolins

A Corpus Christi man reeled in a hammerhead shark off the coast of Padre Island. Check out the size of this beast!

The weekend of June 4 was a memorable one for Corpus Christi resident Eric Ozolins, as he hooked and landed a massive 13-foot great hammerhead shark. Its girth measured an astounding 80 inches.

The shark was caught off the coast of Padre Island and took a grueling hour and 15 minutes to reel in. Ozolins, an accomplished shark fisherman, previously studied fishing at the Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi according to his Facebook page.

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He’s a great shark fisherman,” said Padre Island National Seashore education coordinator William “Buzz” Botts. “Greater hammerheads commonly show up in the waters in the gulf, with Ozolins’ catch being on the larger side of the sharks.”

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According to Wikipedia, the great hammerhead is the largest species of hammerhead shark, attaining a maximum length of 20 feet. They are also one of the most specialized and advanced species of shark, evidenced by its unique morphological, behavioral, physiological, and developmental adaptations.

Photos: Eric Ozolins

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Huge 13-Foot Hammerhead Shark Caught in Texas