Boy, 6, Hooks Great White Shark Off Cape Cod

Texas family cut fishing line to free it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 12, 2016 12:40 AM CDT
A great white shark swims at the aquarium in Motobu, Okinawa, in Japan.   (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium via AP)

(Newser) – "We're going to need a bigger boat." That's what Lars White told his 6-year-old son, Blake, after the boy hooked a great white shark while fishing Saturday off Cape Cod, Mass., the AP reports. The Houston resident told the Cape Cod Times that the 10- to 12-foot-long shark swam into the hook and spent an hour and a half trying to free itself. When the shark finally surfaced, White's wife took some photos (see one here), and then the family cut the fishing line to free it.

A state shark scientist confirmed Blake had caught a great white. Great white sharks have been spotted in increasing numbers in recent years around Cape Cod. Blake says he wants to go fishing again and "catch something a little bit smaller." (Boaters in this New Zealand town complain they're being targeted by great whites.)

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