Fishermen on a charter boat off South Carolina hit the jackpot Wednesday when they caught and released three sand tiger sharks ranging between 6 and 9 feet, an unusual accomplishment considering the species is rarely seen.
Capt. Chip Michalove, a shark specialist from Outcast Sport Fishing based in Hilton Head, told USA Today that he “usually only sees one or two a year,” adding that this is the “first time I’ve ever caught three sand tigers in one day.”
Buchanan Perrigo, 14, reeled in two of the sharks, including the one in the photo above that shows his father Brad Perrigo in the background. Brad caught the other.
“We crushed it today!” Brad wrote on Outcast Sport Fishing’s Instagram post of the shark.
Sand tiger sharks are a threatened species, so to catch three in a day was quite pleasing to Michalove, who became licensed to tag great white sharks last year.
“It’s great to see,” he told USA Today. “It’s a species that people nearly wiped out 30 years ago, so to see the population rise makes it all the better.”
Some commenters on Michalove’s Facebook post wanted to know how close to the beach sand tiger sharks come, obviously concerned about those teeth.
Yet despite three rows of 80 jagged and menacing teeth, sand tiger sharks are docile and not aggressive toward humans, as there have been no confirmed human fatalities in attacks by them.
Still, you’d definitely want to stay clear of those jaws.