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Gigantic Great White Shark Caught in Mexico on Sunday

Many Southern Californian's don't know that these apex predators visit our beaches every year.

We're going to need a bigger boat.

That thought had to have crossed the minds of two commercial fishermen in Mexico who hauled up a great white shark reported to measure nearly 20 feet and weighing more than 2,000 pounds.

The apex predator was caught in net Sunday in the Sea of Cortez near Guaymas. The fishermen said it was dead before it reached the surface.

Pisces Sportfishing in Cabo San Lucas reported the catch on its blog Tuesday morning.

"We were amazed and immediately realized that we had a huge, dead, great white shark, and then we thought what are we going to do?," Guadalupe told Pisces.

Outdoors reporter Pete Thomas posted stories on the incredible catch to Pete Thomas Outdoors and GrindTv.com.

It was quite a chore to get the huge shark to the coast for the fishermen, as they were in a 22-foot panga, or skiff. They towed it slowly for two miles and were met by a crowd of people, who helped to drag it onto the beach.

There is some controversy about the reported length of the shark. If, in fact, it measured six meters (19.8 feet), as Milenio News reported, it'd be one of the longest white sharks ever recorded. Also, many believe that a shark of that length would weigh more than 2,000-pounds.

Coincidentally, springtime is when sightings of juvenile great white sharks increase in Southern California waters, which are a nursery area for the predators. Sightings of adult white sharks also increase during the spring and summer.

Earlier this month, surfer Michael Geraci reported the following sighting to the Shark Research Committee, from Laguna Beach:

"There was an 8-foot White Shark cruising by my board after it came up from behind. The first thing I noticed was the giant girth of his/her belly and then my eyes went to its rudder tail. When I saw the vertical tail the shock set in. I then glanced at the fish's snout and it was indeed prominent as a white's is. The white belly was almost glowing in the water with excellent visibility. For about four seconds I had a shark companion cruising with me like a submarine and then it descended. That's when we became the most frightened.”

Scientists also believe that white sharks are now utilizing the Sea of Cortez as a nursery. 

Elliott "Tom" Thompson April 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Great Whites are in great trouble if they're using the Sea of Cortez for spawning. Nets and long lines will wipe them out.
Littleriver69 April 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Something must have been wrong with the shark. Some kind of sickness, cause a 6 meter shark should weigh twice the weight thats indicated.
Nestle April 22, 2012 at 10:47 PM
If that is an 20ft shark, than the kid leaning over it must be pretty tall himself. My estimate based on proportions is 10-12, I guess being there that close probably made it feel as if it was 20ft.

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