A Massachusetts man and his two children spent an hour on Sunday reeling in a massive porbeagle shark off the coast of Provincetown, resulting in a catch that just narrowly missed the state record.

According to Fox 25, Mike Evensen took turns bringing the shark in with his daughter Hanna while his nine-year-old son helped pilot the boat. The anglers were eventually able to bring the shark close enough to harpoon it. Back at shore, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries officially weighed the plump porbeagle at 483 pounds, just shy of the current state record.

Had it been a few pounds heavier, Evensen’s shark may have surpassed the 495-pound shark caught by Jesse Siegal in 2011 near Martha’s Vineyard. A few pounds more, and it may have even contested the 507-pound world record landed by Chris Bennett in 1993 off the coast of Scotland. Regardless, the Evensen family said they were very pleased with the catch and now have about 200 pounds of shark meat to share. Porbeagle meat is widely regarded as one of the tastiest of any shark species.

The species is popular among anglers for its fighting ability, but unlike the similarly-shaped mako, it does not jump out of the water. According to veteran angler Mark Turnbull, who caught another porbeagle shark around the same size as Evensen’s, the species is the second-fastest among sharks.

“It goes off like a torpedo and it put up quite a fight so it feels amazing to have reeled it in,” Turnbull told the Mirror after reeling in the shark off the coast of Sunderland, UK earlier this month.

Turnbull added that fighting the shark was like “pulling a car in.”

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6 thoughts on “Massachusetts Family Catches 483-pound Porbeagle Shark

  1. Am I the only person that feels that killing these creatures for sport is sad. I have never heard of a human being attacked by this creature… and why oh why do we need to kill it….. yeah, I guess I am an animal lover… would much rather shoot with a camera than shoot and kill our fellow creatures that are doing us no harm..

  2. Hey Jimmy, do you eat defenseless cows, canned tuna, salmon, wild turkey, pork, etc?
    Educate yourself a bit – 200 pounds of FOOD !

  3. Whaaa whaaaa why do we have to kill the animals, waaaaa !
    I kill the animals for food and i am proud to have the skills to participate honestly in the life cycle and provide for my family by putting the highest quality meat,vegetables and fruits, as close to the way nature intended, on our table.
    We raise organic grass fed Texas Longhorn cattle, have free range chickens and a vegetable garden and an apple orchard. And oh yes i hunt and fish.
    Animals die so Vegans can have their dietary choices, animals die so that you can wear cotton, or even hemp. Animals die so that the land can be cleared for your homes and places of business.
    And by the way Hunters and Fishermen are the largest contributors of wildlife conservation and habitat preservation, both in dollars and hours volunteered. The facts are out there, look it up. Start with the Pittman Roberts Act and look at the groups such as Safari Club, Whitetails Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Bass Anglers, Trout Unlimited, National Elk Foundation and many more

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