A Florida fisherman recorded video of his intense tug-of-war encounter with an enormous hammerhead shark decided to steal his catch final week.
Rob Gorta, a fishing information within the Tampa and St. Petersburg space for over 22 years, reeled in a tarpon that appeared to have bloody chew marks on its facet.
With blood within the water, a hammerhead quickly charged after the fish – and clearly didn’t plan on leaving emptyhanded.
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“He simply took it out of my hand!” Gorta might be heard yelling when the shark ripped the hooked fish from his grasp, in a video posted to his YouTube account.
Gorta and the shark battled within the waters off Anna Maria Island for the fish’s destiny over the course of the Three-minute video. However, ultimately, the hammerhead claimed its meal.
The constitution captain instructed WFTS-TV that he desperately tried to unhook the tarpon to provide the fish an opportunity to flee the shark. He estimated the predator measured 14 ft lengthy and weighed over 1,000 kilos, in line with WFLA-TV.
“I actually felt dangerous for the fish, you recognize. They’re a tremendous fish, and I make a very good dwelling off of them,” Gorta instructed WFTS. “They’re lots of enjoyable, and I’ve the utmost respect for them. There’s nothing I may actually do to avoid wasting that fish.”
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Gorta wrote he couldn’t take the fish aboard his boat as a result of Florida legal guidelines prevented lifting tarpon out of the water. He added that it might have been harmful to convey the 180-pound fish aboard a 22-foot bay boat.
It is unlawful to elevate tarpon over 40 inches in size out of the water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee has stated. In 2013, the committee made tarpon catch-and-release solely.