Fisherman Captures Great White Shark
You can see the video of the shark capture in our Video Section ( White Shark caught by Anglers in California )
By Vikki Vargas and Lori Bentley, NBC LA
Aug 30, 2011
“I was nervous, excited,” fisherman Michael Castillo said. “I didn’t know what was at the end of the hook.”
On August 22, Castillo was fishing in Huntington Beach, when he saw his float go down. What happened next was captured on video and posted on YouTube. Part of the forty minute struggle shows three other fishermen helping Castillo to reel in what they thought was a mako shark, an unprotected species.
Castillo says a Fish and Game officer had to consult a book to determine what kind of shark he had hooked. He says even the officer thought it was a mako shark, at least at first.
The officer took two of the shark teeth, and five hours later Castillo got another call. He was ordered to give the fish to authorities, who determined it was a great white shark, which is a protected species.
“Did I know it was a great white? No I did not,” said Castillo, who was not issued a citation for the catch.
Fish and Game officials are still collecting evidence and plan to submit a report to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. It will be up to the DA to decide whether or not to file charges.
Source and Photo: NBC Los Angeles