Largest shark ever caught off the Irish coast is nine feet long and weighs 500 pounds – World News

A huge porbeagle that came in weighing 500 pounds and measuring over nine feet in length was tagged and released by a record-breaking trio of fishermen off the Irish coast

The record-breaking catch is tagged aboard the boat

Record-breaking fishermen who landed a monster shark off the coast of Ireland were delighted to discover it was the largest shark ever to hit the country’s waters.

The mega porbeagle came in at 500 pounds and measured over nine feet when caught by local fishermen Sid, Terry and Peter from Cork, Down and Antrim counties respectively.

The female was nicknamed Danu and scientists say she could be between 25 and 30 years old, the Irish Mirror reports.

The brave trio of Sid, Terry and Peter were joined by boffins from Trinity College Dublin who attached satellite tags to Danu and collected samples and measurements before the impressive beast was released back into the waters off Donegal.

Within 48 hours she was followed as far as the Hebrides in Scotland.

The incredible creature is taken from the sea


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One of the tags provides information about her migration history and the ocean conditions she encountered and will be released in a few months.

The second ‘SPOT’ tag provides near real-time data on her location as her fin breaks the water’s surface.

Nick Payne, shark biologist and assistant professor at Trinity’s School of Natural Sciences, said: “It’s exciting to see such huge porbeagle sharks in Irish waters.

“The conservation status of porbeagle sharks is of real concern in this part of the world, where Europe’s population is considered critically endangered.

“There is some evidence that the coast of Donegal may act as a globally important breeding area for this species, with many very large female sharks appearing here for short periods in the spring.”

Nicholas Payne, right, helped pack the shark


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Porbeagle sharks are actually close relatives of great whites and, despite their monstrous size, rarely attack humans.

Last week’s trip was the first in a new research collaboration between Trinity, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and local shark fishermen, along with leading scientists from James Cook University (Australia), University of Miami and US non-profit Beneath the Waves.

Jenny Bortoluzzi, a PhD candidate in Trinity’s School of Natural Sciences, took blood samples from the shark.

She said: “This once again highlights the importance of collaboration between scientists and fishermen in a citizen science context and Ireland’s potential key role in conservation as a hotspot for marine biodiversity.”

A second large female porbeagle (about six feet long, nicknamed Sorcha) was also tagged and released, but she, unlike Danu, decided to continue cruising in the waters off Donegal.

Overfishing has caused the porbeagle to decline sharply since the 1930s and commercial fishing by EU vessels has been banned since 2010.

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