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Fla. man pulls 13-foot hammerhead onto shore

Fla. Man Pulls 13-Foot Hammerhead Onto Shore

When it comes to fishing, there are big catches, there are 'take a few pictures and show them off to family' catches, then there's this one out of Florida, shown here by WSVN.

21-year-old Ryan Bolash was caught pulling in a 13-foot hammerhead shark.

"It's a lot of adrenaline running through your body," he said.

Bolash, seen here in this spectator video by WPGL, guided the shark toward shore Monday after it got hooked on a friend's fishing line in Lauderdale-by-The-Sea.

Coming close to a shark that size is extraordinary, but Bolash's reason for getting so close is even wilder.

He told reporters he needed to get right up on the 13-foot hammerhead, like this one documented by Discovery, to cut the fishing line as close to its mouth as possible.

For relief, so the long line wouldn't get caught on something and hurt the shark. He told WKMG:
Bolash: "They're an amazing creature and I don't know why anyone would want to hurt them."

Bolash did get some scratches while handling the shark, but he's got a pretty decent story to go along with them.

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rocnrichy April 24 2014 at 11:10 PM

The young lad has done a good thing, congrats for that. I just wish he could have got the hook out too, the idea that hooks rust out in a few days is false, stainless steel hooks can last a very long time in salt water. Let hope for the best.

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jdonoh4 April 24 2014 at 2:35 PM

Thanks for letting him/her go! Oh yeah, the shark said "thanks", too!

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Kim April 24 2014 at 2:14 PM

duh-he cut the line as close to the mouth as possible so the line wouldn't catch on anything else that would hurt the shark-get it-cut the line-freed the shark...

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Bob Kim April 24 2014 at 2:29 PM

all you wierdo's just come out of the wood work or what?

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Genia April 24 2014 at 2:05 PM

you people are so stupid!!!!!!!!!!! you did a great thing Ryan...good for you

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alspoolhall April 24 2014 at 1:42 PM

And it was thisssssssssssssssss big!

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Sandy April 24 2014 at 2:17 PM

More video and less shots of the news man yakking, please!

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JC April 24 2014 at 12:54 PM

He's got more guts than I do. I wouldn't have messed with it. Well done, Ryan.

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cansadopadres April 24 2014 at 12:31 PM

it must have been hooked pretty good , Sharks have big very sharp teeth and cut the fishing line right away. Great story

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cansadopadres April 24 2014 at 12:26 PM


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doxyland April 24 2014 at 12:20 PM

Ryan is a shark and conservation hero.

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