LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. - Beachgoers in Broward County got a thrill of a lifetime Monday afternoon when a fisherman snagged a giant hammerhead shark and pulled it right onto the beach.
The 13-foot shark was pulled onto the beach by 21-year-old Ryan Polash.
His friend hooked the monster shark at the pier located at Commercial Boulevard and A1A in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and guided the shark toward shore.
Polash then grabbed ahold of the thrashing hammerhead and brought it onto the sand for a few photos.
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He said the main reason for bringing the shark onto shore was to cut the heavy line as close to its mouth as possible.
“In order to release the fish on the pier, you would end up having to cut the line, and there would be about 15-foot of line tangling, hanging down from the fish, which would get caught on a reef. It could end up killing the fish in the long run,” said Polash.
Out of town beachgoers were stunned.
“It was flailing around, everything like that. He cut the line. It was really cool,” said witness Stephanie Milton.
“It is a very big experience for us, for sure. We are going to tell everyone in Montreal we saw this,” said witness Jenie Rivest.
Polash, along with a couple others, quickly dragged the hammerhead back into the water, then watched it swim away.
“It is an achievement. It is cool to catch something big to have a picture and to show everyone. It is the ultimate catch,” said Polash.
He was left with scratches he calls shark burn from rubbing up against the hammerhead's rough skin.
“It is an amazing fish. When they are that big, they are old. They are amazing creatures. I don’t know why anyone would want to hurt them,” said Polash.