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Texas fisherman lands enormous 13-foot hammerhead shark

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Ben Hooper
A Texas fisherman shows off the 13-foot hammerhead he reeled in Sunday. Screenshot: San Antonio Express-News
A Texas fisherman shows off the 13-foot hammerhead he reeled in Sunday. Screenshot: San Antonio Express-News

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, June 8 (UPI) -- A Texas fisherman shared photos of his impressive and unusual catch: a massive hammerhead shark measuring 13 feet long.

Eric Ozolins said the shark, which he caught Sunday, was measured at 13 feet long with a girth of 80 inches before he released it.

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"It was caught on Padre Island, and an hour and 15 minute fight on an 80W with a hammered drag," Ozolins said in a post that was deleted by Facebook.

The fisherman explained the deletion in a Facebook post Wednesday:

"Facebook had removed my recent post and hammerhead photos due to going against 'terms and policy'. Wow. There was not a single thing against any terms etc. Not that I am worried about it, I'm just amazed (or rather appalled) by how they can gain influence from uneducated tree-huggers and break their own rules to remove something rather innocent despite all the other horrendous stuff they fail to remove on their actual system. Apparently removing a post regarding nature, sport, and scientific research is prioritized over graphic violence, terroristic threats, and racism. Oh well, so is life... Just a warning to anyone out there who actually post a photo of a shark, they are coming after you!"

Ozolins said he will eventually post a video of the shark's release.

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