• Allison McMIllian

Man catches two great white sharks in 10 minutes

On Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Hilton Head, S.C., two fishermen, Captain Chip Michalove and his friend Patrick, hooked two Great White Sharks within 10 minutes of one another. One of the sharks was 16 feet long.

“I couldn’t believe it, it was like the two sharks were traveling close to each other,” Captain Chip Michalove told Hilton Head’s Island Packet. “I’ve hooked multiple [sharks] in one day before, but they’re usually hours apart.”

Michalove owns the Outcast Sport Fishing charter company and also works with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in Massachusetts.

“I couldn't tell if it was a male or female, but it took the bait right by the port side motor and looked to be about 9-10 feet long,” Michalove wrote on Facebook. “Perfect size for the two of us.”

For 15 minutes, they battled to catch the first bite, but unfortunately, the shark got loose. In less than 10 minutes, a bigger great white had snagged the line. It was 16 feet in length. Apparently, the shark was so big that they needed the help of a nearby fisherman friend and his daughter, according to the Island Packet.

“She was so big, my skeleton crew had to call for help,” Michalove told the outlet.

They all were able to drag the shark to the boat. It stopped resisting, and they then tagged it. Scientists with the Atlantic White Shark Conservatory estimated the shark to weight 3,000 pounds.