800-Pound Sea Creature Caught Off Miami

Fisherman nabs 14-foot Hookskate shark
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Nov 27, 2013 9:29 AM CST

(Newser) – A fisherman made quite the bizarre catch off the coast of Miami over the weekend: a 14-foot, 800-pound Hookskate shark. The Hookskate is an elusive creature, typically seen on muddy bottoms of the continental slope at depths of up to 1,000 feet, and not much is known about it. Captain Mark Quartiano, aka "Mark the Shark," says he hooked the rare find while shooting a series of shows for a Japanese television network. But because it is so rare, he released it back into the ocean—after snapping a picture, of course.

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