An 8-year-old boy reeled in a 692-pound (314-kilogram) tiger shark on a fishing trip with his dad in Australia—possibly setting a new world record.
Jonathan Millauro and his son Jayden came across the shark last week in waters about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Sydney, off the coast of New South Wales, according to CNN affiliate Nine News.
“The adrenaline was pumping from the moment we all spotted the shark at the boat,” Millauro told Nine News.
Jayden, who only weighs about 88 pounds (about 40 kilograms), managed to reel in the shark with a 33-pound (15-kilogram) fishing line, while one of the other men on board held onto his harness.
“I was trying to hold myself by pushing off the wall in the boat,” Jayden told Nine News.
The youngest member of the local Port Hacking Game Fishing Club, Jayden first learned how to fish at 18 months old, according to Nine News—and the shark was his biggest catch by far. But they didn’t realize quite how big until they returned to shore and weighed it.
The record for the International Game Fish Association’s junior and smallfry category is a 687-pound (312-kilogram) tiger shark caught by Ian Hissey in 1997. Jayden now needs to get his catch officially verified to set a new mark.
Tiger sharks—among the largest sharks in the ocean, weighing up to 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms)—are not a protected species in Australia.
Brothers Capture, Release Tiger Shark
Two brothers in Texas caught a 12-foot-long tiger shark before releasing it back into the ocean.
The brothers, Andrew and Stephen Seaborn of Team Seaborn Fishing, captured the shark, which measured at 11 feet, 11 inches. They were fishing near Bob Hall Pier, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The Seaborns, who are from Austin, used stingray as a bait.
They ultimately released it after taking the photo.
“Dreams came true today,” Team Seaborn wrote on Facebook. “Two uneventful nights out on the pier. Friday night we had some beautiful baits out that barely got touched. Saw a few Kingfish caught and some pup sharks but none of the shark rigs were getting picked up,” they wrote.
The post added: “As I increased the drag I looked in disbelief as line continued to slowly peel off my reel. Minutes passed and line was still steadily leaving my reel.”
Then, after about 30 to 45 minutes of effort, “a beautiful Tiger came to the surface, and with the help of others (massive shoutout to Allen for all his help).”
Epoch Times reporters Tom Ozimek and Jack Phillips contributed to this report.