The massive predator was dead when it was brought to the surface in a net deployed by fishermen named Guadalupe and Baltazar, who were treated to the surprise of a lifetime when they saw what they had captured.
"We were amazed and immediately realized that we had a huge, dead, great
white shark, and then we thought what are we going to do?," Guadalupe said in an
interview with Tracy Ehrenberg of Pisces Sportfishing,
which is located in the resort city of Cabo San
The shark was nearly as long as their 22-foot
panga, or skiff. If, in fact, it measured six meters (19.8 feet), as
one report stated, it'd be one of the longest white sharks ever recorded.
The fishermen towed the behemoth two miles to the beach, where about 50
people helped drag it onto dry sand.
"Guadalupe and Baltazar swore they
had never seen a fish this big before in their lives," the Pisces blog stated.
"Even though on March 13 of this year, some of their fellow fishermen had also
caught a great white, which had weighed 990 pounds."
Adult white sharks
were once believed to be rare in the Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California, but
scientists now believe parts of the gulf might serve as a nursery for the
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