fishy story of the day
A 45-year-old angler hooked and landed a Great Whte Shark while fishing from a public pier in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Abraham Ulloa may face a fine for bagging the 6-foot, 200-pound shark, as it's a protected species.
The 45-year-old general contractor said he was unaware that the junior jaws he caught with his fishing rod on May 31 was a great white. He has not been charged.
"I am not an expert on sharks," he told the newspaper. "I cannot tell the difference between a great white and a mako (shark). It took a marine biologist with an education and more than 20 years of experience to come to that conclusion."
...Ulloa said it took four people to haul the one- to two-year-old shark up over the pier railing.
Ulloa has not been charged with a crime but Department of Fish and Game spokesperson Rebecca Hartman said she intends to file a misdemeanor charge this week. Hartman said the great white needs to be protected from anglers.
"Our laws are set up for the protection of the animals, not for us," Hartman told the Times. "If he was unsure what kind of shark it was, he should have let it go."
Marine experts say the number of great whites has decreased dramatically off the California coast in the last decade. Great whites give birth to a maximum of just two pups.
Young great whites feed on small bottom fish in coastal waters and are not considered a threat to bathers or surfers, the newspaper said. By the time they reach maturity they leave the coastal areas for deeper water.