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Florida man catches 805-pound mako shark

The shortfin mako shark has been listed as "vulnerable" on the endangered species list.
By Aileen Graef   |   April 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM   |   Comments

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 22 (UPI) -- A Florida fisherman caught an 805-pound mako shark, making it the largest mako shark catch in the world.

When Joey Polk, a lifetime fisherman, reeled in the 11-foot-long shark, he did not want anyone to see his catch. He put the shark in the bed of his truck and while he stopped to get gas, someone snapped a picture that quickly went viral on the Internet.

The catch is the largest mako shark catch on record, knocking Polk's cousin, Earnest Polk, to the second spot. The Polk won't reveal the spot where they catch sharks because they want to "save our sport."

Polk did note that he and his family catch and release the sharks 95 percent of the time, but this record-setting mako became dinner for family and friends.

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