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Two Great White Sharks Hooked, Released Off MB Pier

The two hook and release captures add to the list of those that have happened off the pier since July.

Updated at 5:22 p.m. to reflect the hook and release of two great white sharks Tuesday.

Two great white sharks were hooked and released by the same fisherman on the Manhattan Beach Pier Tuesday, Eric Martin, director of The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium at the end of the pier, told Patch Tuesday. The great white is a protected species and both sharks were released Tuesday morning when Martin cut the fisherman's line.

Martin, who reports seeing two other great white sharks recently in the area, said an abundance of squid could be attracting juvenile white sharks. 

  • Previously: Great White Shark Caught off MB Pier
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  • Previously: PHOTOS: Great White Shark in MB Waters

Martin has previously told Patch that Santa Monica Bay is a nursery for baby great whites who feed on fish. 

Since 1994, great white sharks have been a protected species in California. The unlawful taking and possession of one is a misdemeanor, with penalties that include large fines and jail time.

Scott Valor / BurningPier.com October 31, 2012 at 01:12 AM
We surf with the sharks more than people realize. Usually these are the younger ones that feed on smaller fish, but their size can definitely be daunting. Respect the ocean, but don't fear the ocean! More photos at http://burningpier.com/great-white-sharks-spotted-off-manhattan-beach-pier-today/ if you are interested!
Darci Horton October 31, 2012 at 06:29 AM
I had a small great white checking me out on Saturday, 10/27, while I was standup paddling and it really freaked me out(first sighting for me.) I will learn to share our great ocean, and I'm glad I was above the water and not in it. Darci Horton
Always Right November 01, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Several democratic candidates were seen swinging with the sharks and were never in any danger. Professional courtesy I guess.
Travel November 01, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Now that was downright funny! Thanks.

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