A group of Florida students out shark fishing pulled in a 14-foot hammerhead shark weighing about 700 pounds, and pictures of their monster catch are going viral.
Viktor Hluben was one of the Florida Atlantic University students who decided to try their hands at shark fishing last week. He told WPTV that they expected to catch small sharks
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Not the behemoth they pulled in.
“We knew we had a giant fish on, we battled it for about an hour and thirty minutes, and when we saw the massive dorsal fin, we knew we hooked a giant shark,” Hluben told WPTV.
After taking pictures with their catch, the group let the shark go free.
“The only thing I was thinking in my head was pictures, video, quick and get it back in the water," Hluben told the station.
Hluben uploaded a video of the catch on YouTube, and as of Thursday had scored almost 800,000 hits.
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At the beginning of the video, he added the words, “Everything we envision is an opportunity to achieve greatness and make our fantasies a reality.” He also noted on the video that the group does not condone killing sharks and always releases them.
WPTV said the group Hluben fishes with is called Landshark Fishing and they typically go fishing at night to catch sharks.
The station interviewed Mark Perry, of the Florida Oceanographic Society, who said that it’s not unusual to find hammerhead sharks of that size along the Florida coast.
Interestingly, another hammerhead shark — this one reportedly 11 feet long — made the news this week, also attached to a Florida Atlantic University student. Sports Illustrated reported that student Adam Fisk hooked the creature while fishing from his kayak. Fisk videotaped the fish dragging his boat around for about two hours.
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