Fisherman hooks possible great white shark off Florida’s gulf coast

The ABC News YouTube channel posted the video above last month which documents what the fisherman say is an 18′ white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) being hooked off the coast of Florida. According to a WFLA report, the video was shot March 15 about 30 miles of the coast of Treasure Island, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. The fisherman reportedly had the shark on the line for nearly 3.5 hours before the crew cut the line, and let the shark “take the whole rig.”

Mote Marine Laboratory researcher Dr. Robert E. Hueter told WFLA that the shark in the video appears to likely be a member of the Lamnidae and is potentially a mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) or great white. Hueter went on to say that white sharks can occasionally end up in the Gulf.

Great white sharks are a protected species in Florida waters.

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