North Devon’s shark season is underway after anglers landed a monster 300lb porbeagle near Hartland.
The giant fish – related to the great white but not considered dangerous to humans – was caught by John Krupa on board Dan Hawkins’ boat Reel Deal out of Ilfracombe.
The eight-foot shark was tempted using a whole mackerel and was released alive after being photographed at the side of the boat.
Dan said the fish was ‘a beauty’. He said the year had been quiet so far because of bad weather, but it should soon improve.
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Porbeagles come inshore off the North Devon and Cornwall coast in April and May, often no more than a few hundred yards offshore.
Despite their fearsome appearance there is no confirmed instance of them attacking humans.
They live around 30-40 years and can grown to a length of three-and-a-half metres.
They can be found from Iceland and the Barents Sea all the way to North West Africa.