Indian Rocks Beach, Florida - A scary catch for a local fisherman that may have you thinking twice before getting into the water.
On Monday night off Indian Rocks Beach, an 8-foot-long bull shark was pulled onto shore. Jesse Wright was fishing with a friend when he reeled in the 250-pound predator.
"Thirty, 40 people surrounded us and it was crazy," Wright recalls.
It's a huge catch that is getting huge reaction from beach-goers. For Wright, he says he's not scared to get back in the water.
"You never know what can happen in the water; we were just about waist deep," says Wright.
It's kind of surreal to see how close they were to catching that bull shark and funny enough, just down the beach a day earlier, someone caught a small hammerhead shark.
A shark expert we spoke with says shark attacks are very rare and the last time somebody was killed by one here in Florida was years ago. Jesse just says it's something fascinating to look at.
NOAA Fisheries shark expert Dr. John Carlson answered various questions for us via email, and you can read his responses below:
Are we seeing more for any reason?
There is nothing unusual about these catches. There have been occasional reports of Makos and sometimes great white sharks being caught from the beach or pier most years. Many species are making their seasonal migration, moving north with warming sea temperatures.
Are we just noticing more sharks due to technology and more people capturing info?
The impact of the Internet, YouTube, Facebook and other social media may have impacted the view that more sharks are being caught, but no study has specifically investigated the influence of these sources.
Are they closer to shore than normal?
There is no evidence that Makos and great white sharks are closer to shore than normal. Many coastal species like hammerhead, blacktip and sandbar sharks seasonally inshore to give birth.
Are they more likely to show up at certain times of the day?
Some sharks show a crepuscular behavior, becoming more active at dawn and dusk.
Anything notable or truth to seeing more or seeing more closer to shore?
As previously indicated, many coastal species move inshore in spring and early summer to give birth. Pelagic species like Mako sharks may be found closer to shore if their prey (for example, menhaden or bluefish) are also in higher concentration in near-shore areas, but overall this species is generally found offshore.