A Texas fisherman recently reeled in a massive 11-foot tiger shark with an attached research tag, leading to what may be the biggest coincidence in shark-catching history.
Although we could do without the beached/hooked shark images, there’s certainly interesting information learned from this catch. Turns out, this shark was tagged 10 years to the day prior to this catch. It measured only 32 inches at the time, was tagged, and released from a location only 40 miles from this catch. The fisherman took his photos, recorded the tag number, and discussed the information with the scientist later. Everyone was excited to learn the details and the amazing coincidence.
Tiger sharks are quite hardy animals, unlike some other species. Certain sharks, like the great hammerhead, have very high mortality rates after a long fight on a fishing line and being dragged out of the water. By contrast, this tiger shark should manage well after the release.