Norwegians catch three-metre shark on Saturday fishing trip

A fishing trip near Langesund in Telemark resulted in an unexpected catch for a group of Norwegian friends.

Norwegians catch three-metre shark on Saturday fishing trip
L: the shark caught by the group. Photo: Sam Andre Berge / NTB scanpix. R: Langesund. File photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix

In addition to a few halibut, the group managed to hook a shark measuring at nearly three metres and 200 kilograms, reports.

“It’s very hard work pulling a 200-kilo fish up from a depth of 700 metres with normal fishing equipment,” one of the group, Hans Marius Kaasa, told the magazine.

Kaasa was one of a group of three friends who set out for a leisurely fishing trip on Saturday, when the unexpected bite occurred.

After losing another large catch, the fisherman decided to use an extra thick line and a mackerel as bait, according to the report.

That resulted in the hooking of a Greenland shark, one of the world’s largest shark species.

“We secured the shark to the boat and measured it at 290 centimetres. According to tables, that equates to 200 kilograms. We let the fish go again after taking some quick photos, then I had to sit down and take a rest,” Kaasa told Hooked.

The Greenland shark usually stays in deep waters and those that do come close enough to the surface to be caught are usually a lot smaller at 20 to 30 kilos, the magazine writes.

The animal’s physiology means it is able to cope with changes in water pressure, meaning it was safe for the Norwegian fishermen to release it following the catch – as is the normal practice when the sharks of this kind are caught.

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Holidaymaker left bleeding and with severed tendon after fish bite on Costa Blanca beach

A holidaymaker has released photos of a horrible injury she received when she was bitten while swimming off a beach in Elche, Alicante.

Holidaymaker left bleeding and with severed tendon after fish bite on Costa Blanca beach
Image of injury after it was stitched up at Elche hospital Photo: Ayuntamiento de Elche

The 40-year-old Spanish woman let out a blood curdling scream and was dragged bleeding from the sea by her husband and a lifeguard who came to her aid while she was swimming with her five-year-old son on DAY.

“She felt a great pain,” her husband told local newspaper El Informacion. “And let out a scream that scared us all.”

She was paddling in shallow water which came to just below the knee and at first, she presumed she had stepped on broken glass.

But she was taken to hospital medical staff said it was clear that the injuries were sustained by a fish bite.

She was treated for a partially severed tendon in her foot as well as several other cuts that required stitches.

She was discharged several hours later and left the hospital on crutches and with a bandaged lower leg.

The couple from Valladolid in northern Spain  were on the last day of their holiday, staying at a campsite near El Rebollo beach in Elche on the Costa Blanca.

 Lifeguard service together with local police patrolled the beach looking for the culprit and caught a large Bluefish, which they believe was responsible for the incident.

Known as Pez Golfar in Spanish, the species (Latin name Pomatomus saltatrix) can measure between half a meter to a meter in length and is commonly found in Mediterranean waters.

It does not normally attack people but preys on smaller fish in the shallow water.

Image of a bluefish, the likely culprit. Photo: Wikimedia