A monster catch! Fisherman proudly poses next to the three-metre tiger shark he struggled to reel in for over an hour
- Michael Draper was fishing at Mandurah, 65km south of Perth, on Monday night
- His group of friends struggled for over an hour to reel in a 320kg tiger shark
- Mr Draper posed for a picture with the three-metre beast before releasing it
A fisherman has proudly shared a picture of himself after accidentally catching a monster three-metre tiger shark.
Michael Draper from Mandurah, 65km south of Perth, was fishing for sharks alongside his mates Saiya Te Pou and Jesse at Falcon Beach on Monday night.
The friends caught the 320kg beast on a 35kg braided fishing line and struggled for over an hour to safely reel the shark in and remove it from the hook.
‘Tiger sharks this size are protected and need to be released immediately but it fought really hard,’ Mr Draper told the Mandurah Mail.
Michael Draper (pictured above) from Mandurah, 65km south of Perth, was fishing with his friends on Monday night when the group accidentally reeled in a three-metre tiger shark
Mr Draper said they spent over an hour bringing the shark to shore before unhooking the 320kg beast and pushing it back into the water at Falcon Beach (pictured above)
Mr Draper said the group had been fishing for bronze whaler and bull sharks and didn’t realise they had snagged a massive tiger shark until it got to the shallows.
The fisherman said the shark was tangled in a thick bed of seaweed about 150 metres offshore and was ‘exhausted’ by the time it reached land.
‘As soon as we saw it, instead of cutting the line we had to race to get the hook out and free it so we could swim it back in the water,’ Mr Draper explained.
He said the shark was only on the shoreline for under a minute.
‘Then all three of us pushed it back into the water and swam it around until it was ready and swam off strongly,’ Mr Draper said.
The fisherman said tiger sharks were animals that needed to be protected.
He urged people to understand ‘that sharks are not killing machines’ but advised swimmers to always be cautious while in the water.
Mr Draper shared a picture of himself posing beside the three-metre shark to his social media.
‘This beautiful creature was released quickly and swam away healthy and strong,’ he wrote on Instagram.
‘What an amazing animal.’
Mr Draper said people should learn ‘that sharks are not killing machines’ (tiger shark pictured)
THE TIGER SHARK
Tiger sharks are named for the dark, vertical stripes that are mainly found on juvenile sharks
The large, blunt-nosed predators have a reputation as man-eaters
The tiger shark is second only to great whites in frequency of attacks on people
They are less likely to let go after biting a human as their palates are near completely undiscerning
Scavengers by nature, tiger sharks have an almost limitless menu of diet items including fish, seals, birds and dolphins
They have sharp, teeth and powerful jaws that allow them to crack the shells on sea turtles and clams
Tiger sharks are common in tropical and sub-tropical waters around the world
They can grow up to as much as 5 metres in length and weigh more than 635kg
They are listed as near-threatened
Source: National Geographic