Fisherman manhandles shark onto Nantucket beach

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A 24-year-old experienced fisherman from Nantucket said he was casting lines for bluefish, when he noticed one with half of its body missing, the apparent victim of a shark bite. So he did what practically nobody else would do — threw the half-eaten bluefish back in the water to lure the larger predator.

It only took a minute, and the shark returned to the scene. Then fisherman Elliot Sudal jumped in the water to wrestle with the shark, CNN reported.

“I’ve been a fisherman my whole life,” Mr. Sudal told CNN. “It’s almost like a drug. I got used to catching bigger and bigger fish.”

The shark, though, was one of the biggest.

“That particular shark took about 45 minutes to get in,” he said, in the CNN report. “It was probably 7 feet long and 200 pounds.”

He finally pulled it onto the beach — and then let it go.

“I always let them go,” he said. “I’m not trying to hurt the sharks.”

He told CNN that he’s probably captured more than 100 sharks in the last few months, but mostly in Florida, not Nantucket.

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