2,500-pound great white shark caught off South Carolina coast

By Daniel Uria  |  March 9, 2016 at 4:59 PM
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HILTON HEAD, S.C., March 9 (UPI) -- A man in South Carolina was able to reel in a 2,500-pound great white shark off the coast of South Carolina on Tuesday.

Outcast Sport Fishing shared photos of the shark captured by fisherman Troy Bowman of Bulls Gap, Tenn., around 2:50 p.m.

The shark reportedly jumped completely out of the water after being caught on the hook for about two minutes, but the group was ultimately able to reel it in completely.

"After an insane battle, we ended up getting her boat side at about 7 p.m. to apply an acoustic tag near the dorsal and take DNA sample from her pec fin," Capt. Chip Michalove wrote. "She swam off healthy and looking forward to finding out where our South Carolina great whites go."

Michalove said this represents the fifth great white he and his crew have encountered this winter and the third they have caught.

He praised the intelligence of great whites, adding that he has been studying the migration and food source patterns of the sharks for more than 12 years and believes that this encounter will provide valuable information.

"Nothing illegal was done, and the shark is now going to give us lots of data...so no hate mail," he wrote. "Life is good!"

2,500lb Great White Shark caught and tagged and released, off Hilton Head tonight. This is our 5th white shark hook up...

Posted by Outcast Sport Fishing on Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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