Two fishermen in Mexico's Sea of Cortez caught a great white shark measuring nearly 20 feet and weighing almost 2,000. At 20 feet long, this would be considered one of the largest fish ever captured.
When the fishermen withdrew their net, they had difficulty bringing into their boat. They thought they merely caught a huge haul of smaller fish.
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, one of the fishermen, according Pisces Sportfishing,
Guadalupe and his partner, Baltazar, were unsure how to return the massive beast back to land. Although they were two miles from the shore, they knew it would be impossible to bring the huge shark into their 22-foot boat.
After careful consideration, they decided to tow the shark back to the beach and radio for help. It took them almost an hour to return, where 50 people had to struggle to pull the shark on land, reported Pisces Sportfishing.
While the pair has seen many things during their career at sea, they said they have not seen anything like the 2,000 pound shark.
We have seen a lot of sharks, in fact this is an area known for sharks, but we have never seen anything like his, reported Pisces SportFishing.
However, on March 13, other fishermen in the same area hauled in a 990-pound shark.
Great white sharks were believed not to swim near the waters of the Sea of Cortez or the Gulf of California. However, both areas are beginning to see an influx of the species, reported Grind TV.
While it's unusual that fishermen will land sharks that large, the occurrence of large adult white sharks is not uncommon for Gulf waters, said Dr. Christopher Lowe, a Southern California white shark expert who studied the species for many years, according to Grind TV. In fact, several satellite tagged sharks from California and Guadalupe Island [west of Baja California] have traveled into the gulf. So we know they are there.