Rare shark caught off Florida coast

Pets and Animals

A group from Illinois caught a rare shark while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico near Destin, Florida. 

Wes Jacobs, along with his father-in-law and best friend, were with Family Land Based Shark Fishing and Tagging Excursions when they reeled in a 10-foot, 8-inch shortfin mako. 

The shortfin mako is considered one of “great gamefishes of the world” due to its aggressiveness and jumping ability, the Florida Museum said.

While the shortfin mako is known to live in waters across the globe, most recreational catches occur in California, the northeastern United States, Australia and New Zealand, the museum said. 

The Family Land Based Shark Fishing and Tagging Excursions posted a photo on their Facebook page Saturday, but the shark was reeled in a week ago. 

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