Melbourne fisherman, Clive Green, has one fishing story to tell about the one he set free -- rather than the one that got away.
CU Shark fighting to be freed from steel noose
GV Bait thrown out to lure shark and shark caught in noose and fights to get free
GV Shark floating on back after being released from noose
"These were the amazing scenes as the predator did everything in its power -- from ramming the boat, to leaping feet out of the water -- to free itself from the steel lasso restricting its freedom. Mr. Green estimated this shark as being close to the size of the unofficial world record he set on Monday. In Mr. Green's words, the performance of the great white death was totally unbelievable -- and he was quick to add that he'd never seen a shark of more terrifying strength and ferocity."
"That strength and ferocity were never more vividly illustrated than when the monster attacked the 13-metre tuna boat in a vain bid to free itself. Cameraman Bryan Dunne captured the entire sequence which chilled everyone on board. Despite the craft's steel hull, there seemed no guarantee that the blockbuster movie would not spring to life. But, on this occasion the shark did not win."
"In all, the fearsome White Pointer stayed around the boat for nearly 12 hours -- but not all at the end of a rope. In fact, it was these incredible scenes -- the shark cavorting on its back like a dolphin -- which influenced the crew's unanimous decision to release it. Mr. Green, who believes sharks should not be caught needlessly, says this shark will soon be as good as new. And he's hoping to be back there in the future -- when it's even bigger."
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Background: Melbourne fisherman, Clive Green, has one fishing story to tell about the one he set free -- rather than the one that got away.
Fishing off the Australian coast near Perth on Friday (30 April) he snared a huge White Pointer shark. It stayed around the 13-metre (42 foot) tuna boat he was fishing from for nearly 12 hours ... and nearly wrecked it in attempts to get free.
It did everything to free itself from the steel lasso restricting its freedom. Its strength and ferocity chilled everyone on board the boat.
In the end, Mr. Green, who believes sharks should not be caught needlessly, and the other crew members agreed to free the huge beast. Mr. Green says the shark will soon be as good as new.
Earlier last week, Mr. Green had more luck. He successfully landed a shark weighing 1550 kilos (3400 pounds) and said it was the largest fish ever caught on rod and reel.
That White Pointer shark was five metres (16 feet) long and had a girth of almost three metres (10 feet). It took five hours to land it. But it will not qualify for an official record, because it was caught on whale meat.