Fishermen reel in huge white shark weighing 22st off the Devon coast

Brave fishermen reel in huge white shark weighing 22st off the Devon coast in monster ‘catch of the year’

  • Eight-foot shark weighing 300Ilbs was caught by fishermen off the Devon coast
  • Porbeagles are related to the great white shark and can weigh up to 43-stone
  • The monster sharks are not known to attack humans but have scared rig workers
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The huge female porbeagle was caught off the Devon coast

A monster shark weighing 22 stone and measuring eight-foot long has been reeled in off the Devon coast.

The huge creature, related to the great white, was caught off Hartland Point on the north coast by John Kruppa and Dan Hawkins on April 22.

The shark, a female porbeagle weighed a huge 300Ilbs and was captured on a charter run by Dan Hawkins who runs Reel Deal Chartered.

He said the fish was ‘a beauty’.

‘It’s the biggest we’ve had this year,’ he said.

‘It’s been very quiet so far because of the poor weather we’ve had.

‘Hopefully that will change soon and it will pick up.’ 

Porbeagles are mackerel sharks and live in the cold and temperate marine waters of the North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere.

 John Kruppa and Dan Hawkins reeled in the 300Ilb porbeagle on April 22 in UK waters. The porbeagle shark is not known to attack humans 

The porbeagle shows its teeth and white underneath as it struggles with the fishermen in waters on the UK coast

In 2017 three porbeagle sharks weighing 238lbs, 392lbs and 500lbs were caught off the coastline of Devon and Cornwall. 

The second, in April last year, was caught just a quarter of a mile out to sea.

The ‘playful’ shark is white on the bottom and grey on the top to allow it to camouflage while hunting smaller fish. 

The shark weighed 300lbs and measured eight-foot long. Probeagle numbers are dwindling

The 22-stone porbeagle was caught miles off the Devon coast by fishermen outside Hartland

The shark was captured off Hartland Point on the north coast. The mackerel shark is found in waters of the North Atlantic and Southern Hemisphere

The numbers of porbeagles has dwindled over the last few decades after a rise in them being sought by hobby fishers.

Only a handful of non-confirmed shark attacks have ever been attributed to the porbeagle. 

The International Shark Attack File attributes three bites to the species – one provoked and none fatal and two on boats.

One older anecdote tells of a fisherman who provoked a porbeagle into leaping from the water and tearing his clothes.

However, there are many reports of porbeagles swimming up to oil rig workers. No injuries from these incidents are reported either, according to Shark Insider. 

Experts have suggested in these instances the sharks may be curious or ‘playing’.

Porbeagles can grow up to 12ft long and weigh up to 600lbs (43-stone).

A number of oil rig workers have recalled being charged at by the sharks but they have never been injured. Experts say this act may be curiosity 

The probeagle has a white underneath and is grey on top which allows it to camouflage itself under the water when hunting smaller fish

Although the shark is long and fast and ferocious looking marine experts say they are playful and are not known to attack


What is a porbeagle shark and is it dangerous?

Porbeagle sharks come from the family of Lamnidae sharks and can be found in the the North Atlantic Ocean.

They can grow up to 12ft long and weigh up to 600lbs (43-stone)

The shark has been spotted all around the UK in deep waters, usually several miles offshore in the summer time where it hunts mackerel herring and squid.

There have been sightings of the shark off Scotland, Devon and South Shields in recent years.

The porbeagle is also found around the coasts of North Africa, in the Mediterranean and around Australia and New Zealand.

The gigantic shark can reach more than eight-foot in length and can weigh up to 22 stone.

Despite being related to the great white shark the porbeagle is not known to be dangerous.

Aggressive fishing rates and slow population has resulted in the shark numbers dramatically dwindling.

There are three recorded shark attacks involving porbeagles, two involving boats and another which did not result in serious injury. 

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