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Great White Shark Caught off MB Pier

Two biologists from the Roundhouse Aquarium witness the fisherman hauling the juvenile shark onto the pier.

Two biologists from the managed to free a juvenile white shark from a fisherman's line Monday night, Pete Thomas Outdoors reported.

According to website author Pete Thomas, biologists Eric Martin and Val Hill saw a fisherman trying to haul the 5- to 6-foot shark onto the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Though the fisherman objected, Martin cut the line and freed the shark, Thomas reported.

Great white sharks have been a protected species in California since 1994, and unlawful take and possession is a misdemeanor. Consequences include heavy fines and jail time.

Jo Jo hittlesbeson July 11, 2012 at 05:40 PM
The bilogists are heroes. But they did miss doning one very important thing. Grab both of the morons fishing off the pier adn throw them both into the water, doing the world a favor and hopefully testing to see if a school of great whites was present and hungry.
Beau Robinson July 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Nice tolerance lady. Fishing is legal, this happens a few times a year and they are careful to remove the hook and release the shark. Somebody needs a nap, and an attitude adjustment.
Beau Robinson July 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
if He didn't know it wasn't legal, and stopped and didn't keep it once made aware of the law, how is that bad? Seems a mistake is all, I didn't know myself they were protected until seeing one caught last year and watching the guys at the aquarium talk to people.
chad July 12, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Trying to catch a great white is ILlEGAL. They are protected. If you're going to fish, know the law. Ignorance is no excuse.
Lulu Z July 13, 2012 at 06:58 AM
The marine biologists followed the law. The fisherman was not ignorant. He was a fisherman & you dont know what you've {Legally} caught until You bring it up. Fishing is NOT illegal. I ocean water swim & try not to think about sharks. I also have little kids & lots of friends with kids in Jr. Guards & surfing. Knowing what is in the water (6 feet & a baby or not), we wouldn't be more aware if it we Not for the fisherman. I'm grateful for the discovery & I'm thankful to both the fisherman & the aquarium staff as well. I'm a Manhattan Beach Mom & a Triathlete. Thank you.
Alan Breton July 15, 2012 at 09:19 PM
So what is still legal in the " free" world?
John McNicholas July 16, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I swim around that pier every weekend. Please keep fishing.
Jesse Arnold Miller July 17, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I hope a shark with a hook in it's mouth doesn't become an angry miserable shark, like humans who have tooth aches. Maybe Nemo will pull the hook out, like the mouse and the lion who has a splinter in his paw :-)

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