British fishermen catch 14 sharks in one day in European record haul

They really are going to need a bigger boat! British fishermen catch FOURTEEN monster sharks in one day in European record haul

  • Group reeled in 14 sixgill sharks in one day while fishing in the north Atlantic
  • It is thought to be the highest catch ever recorded in one trip Europe
  • Pre-historic sixgill sharks can grown to 15ft in length and weigh 1,000lbs
  • They were caught by group abroad a fishing boat from Pwllheli in North Wales
  • All the sharks were returned to the sea safe and well after they were caught 

A group of British fishermen has caught a record number of a rarely-seen species of shark that pre-date dinosaurs.

The men reeled in 14 monster sixgill sharks in one day in what is though to be a record haul in Europe. 

The sharks, which weigh up to 450lbs (32st) each, were caught in a secret area of the north Atlantic dubbed Jurassic Park because it is inhabited by the pre-historic fish. 

Because of their weight, each shark took an average of 40 minutes to reel in to the Welsh-registered fishing boat. 

The sixgill shark – Hexanchus griseus in Latin – spends much of its time in deep water miles off-shore and as a result has little interaction with humans, with only one reported attack in 500 years.

The men reeled in 14 monster sixgill sharks in one day in what is though to be a record haul in Europe

The sharks, which weigh up to 450lbs (32st) each, were caught in a secret area of the north Atlantic dubbed Jurassic Park because it is inhabited by the pre-historic fish

The sharks resemble fossil sharks from the Triassic period. They are found in deep water miles off-shore and as a result has little interaction with humans

Because of their weight, each shark took an average of 40 minutes to reel in to the Welsh-registered fishing boat

The sixgill shark, sometimes known as the cow shark, is a common species of deep water shark.

They have razor-sharp teeth and resemble fossil sharks from the Triassic period. 

Called Hexanchus griseus in Latin, they are also one of the largest sharks that feed on prey other than plankton. 

They eat on other fish including sharks, skates and rays, bony fish, squid and crabs. 

They have also been known to scavenge on dead animals such as seals. 

The sharks live in deep water miles off-shore and as a result this species has little interaction with humans.

There has only been one reported attack on humans in 500 years. 

They feed on other fish including sharks, skates and rays, bony fish, squid and crabs. They have also been known to scavenge on dead animals such as seals.

They have razor-sharp teeth and resemble fossil sharks from the Triassic period.

Kevin Mckie, skipper of charter boat Size Matters, based in Pwllheli, North Wales, spent 10 days taking a party of four fishermen out to a secret location.

They travelled to a spot close to the continental shelf where the water depth is up to 3,000ft.

The 14 sixgill sharks is believed to be the largest number ever recorded in one trip in the whole of Europe.

He said: ‘Catching a sixgill shark is very difficult because they live in deep water way offshore.

‘People don’t really fish for them as it takes such a long time to reel them in because they are in such deep water.

‘But they are there and there are thousands of them and they are always big. To catch 14 of them in a day is a great achievement but everyone was left feeling really tired afterwards.

‘Sixgill sharks are one of the oldest sharks on the planet and they do look pre-historic.

‘They are scavengers and all they do is roam around the seabed feeding on whatever is dead on the bottom.

Kevin Mckie, skipper of charter boat Size Matters, based in Pwllheli, North Wales, spent 10 days taking a party of four fishermen out to a secret location

He said: ‘People don’t really fish for them as it takes such a long time to reel them in because they are in such deep water’

All of the sharks the party caught were returned to the sea safe and well afterwards

‘Very rarely do they come into shallow water. You wouldn’t want to be in the water with one – they attack seals and twist their body like a crocodile would.’

Kevin has a special sling on his boat to help lift the sharks out of the water in a stress-free way.

All of the sharks the party caught were returned to the sea safe and well afterwards.

Sixgill sharks can grown to 15ft in length and weigh 1,000lbs. 

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