Mako sharks are among the fastest fish in the ocean. Add to that their multitude of sharp teeth and nasty attitude and you’ll know why it was more than impressive when a Texas man caught what may be a record.
The shark was 11 feet long and weighed in at 1,323.5 pounds after being reeled in near Huntington Beach, California. (Just one more reason surfers may be nuts.)
Jason Johnston of Mesquite, Texas caught the monster and told CBS in Los Angeles getting him on the boat was not easy.
“It’s unreal. This thing is definitely a killing machine. Any wrong step, I could have gone out of the boat and down to the bottom of the ocean.”
Johnson said he used a “quarter-mile of line” and saw the shark come out of the water “five times he came out over 20 feet.”
Makos normally grow a couple of feet shorter and a hundreds of pounds smaller than the fish caught off the west coast.
The shark has not been officially weighed and measured and will not be held up as a world record until that work is completed.