1,323-pound mako shark may be new world record

June 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., June 5 (UPI) -- The International Game Fish Association said a 1,323-pound mako shark caught off the coast of California may be a world record for weight.

Jack Vitek, the world records coordinator for the Florida-headquartered association, said the behemoth caught Monday off the coast of Huntington Beach could be the new world record holder for weight of a mako shark if it is found to meet the group's requirements, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

The current record holder is a 1,221-pound mako shark landed off the coast of Chatham, Mass., in July 2001.

Vitek said the association requires record applicants to provide photos and the tackle used for the catch as well as show the scale used to weigh the fish conforms to the group's standards. He said witness testimony is also required.

Kent Williams, owner of the New Fishall Bait Co. in Gardena, Calif., said the mako was caught by fishermen on a boat captained by Matt "Mako Matt" Potter. The fish is currently being held at Williams' store.

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