6-year-old Blake White felt an unusually strong tug on his fishing rod off the coast of Rock Harbor in Cape Cod Bay. As he reeled his line in, his father, his brother and he quickly realized that he had caught a great white shark (1).
“My brother thought it was a submarine,” Blake said to CBS Boston. “It felt super strong.”
That’s because great whites are strong; incredibly strong. Specimens exceeding 20 feet and weighing up to 5,000 pounds have been recorded.
Blake’s father, Lars, took the rod from his son when he caught a glimpse of what was happening. He said the shark struggled for more than an hour trying to free itself, but was unsuccessful.
“There was no way we were going to be able to get it on board,” Lars said in an interview to the Telegraph (2). “So the only thing we could do was get it alongside the boat, take some pictures and let it go.”
Blake’s mother snapped several photos as they brought the shark alongside the boat, which were sent to the Atlantic Great White Shark Conservancy. There, state shark scientist Gregory Skomal confirmed that the creature in the pictures was definitely a great white shark. Blake’s great white is estimated to be around 12-15 feet long.
Associated Press reported that while and increasing number of great white sharks have been spotted around Cape Cod, there have been no reports of anyone reeling in a great white in the area (3).
PHOTO CREDIT: NICOLE WHITE