Charter captain lands same 1,000-pound tiger shark for third time in five years

Charter captain lands same 1,000-pound tiger shark for third time in five years

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Charter captain lands same 1,000-pound tiger shark for third time in five years

Capt. Chip Michalove has pulled off an amazing trifecta of sorts – catching the same 1,000-pound tiger shark three times over a period of five years.

The latest capture of the nearly 13-foot shark, while conducting an Outcast Sport Fishing charter off Hilton Head, S.C., occurred Thursday afternoon.

Tiger shark caught for the third time in five years. Photo: Chip Michalove

Michalove wrote on Facebook: “Can’t believe it. 12.5 foot, 1,000-pound Tiger Shark named Harry Etta was caught a third time this afternoon. We originally caught her in 2013, then we recaptured her last month on July 11. Now again, not even a month later. Pretty awesome to see these giant ladies stick around through the summer like this.”

Tiger shark caught Thursday, moments before its release. Photo: Chip Michalove

Harry Etta is the shark’s Twitter handle.

The catch was made by the Rolniak family after a lengthy fight several miles offshore, as Michalove acted as captain and deckhand.

Michalove tagged the shark in 2013, which allows for easy identification upon recapture.

The same tiger shark captured on July 11. Photo: Chip Michalove

The shark also wears a larger satellite tag placed on its dorsal fin by researchers last year.

Tiger sharks, which boast faint vertical stripes on their bodies, are found in tropical and subtropical waters. They can measure 15-plus feet and weigh more than 1,700 pounds.

The International Game Fish Assn. lists a 1,785-pound tiger shark caught off Australia in 2004 as the all-tackle world record.

–Photos showing the 1,000-pound tiger shark caught Thursday (top two images) and the same tiger shark caught last month are courtesy of Capt. Chip Michalove 

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