500-pound bull shark caught off Florida coast
TAMPA, Fla.- New video shows a Tampa Bay area charter reeling in a big souvenir.
A group of tourists and their captain reeled in a nearly 500-pound bull shark off Madeira Beach.
The shark was an impressive 10-feet long, and took nearly 40 minutes to reel in.
It all happened only a mile off the shore of Egmont Key. The boat’s captain says he’s never seen a bull shark get that close to swimmers.
“That’s close to where people swim at Fort De Soto and all that,” said Anthony Belmonte. “Never saw something that big, that close to shore. So it was pretty good.”
The captain says they killed the shark upon request and it was legal to do so. The meat was donated to a local shelter.