A Florida fisherman has made the catch of a lifetime, reeling in a 13-foot, 1,000-pound hammerhead shark off the state’s eastern coast, MyFOXTampaBay reports.
Fritz Van Der Grifd was fishing off of Singer Island in Palm Beach County when he snagged the shark, which he says he never intended to kill. He just wanted to get its picture, MyFOXTampaBay reports, but the shark died during the struggle.
"I saw that huge shadow, and I was like, 'I can't believe it,'" Van Der Grifd told MyFOXTampaBay. "So, I just grabbed the reel and started reeling."
The shark’s organs will be flown to a San Diego laboratory for research. Biologists say they plan to get six or seven different studies from the animal, preventing the shark's remains from going to waste, MyFOXTampaBay reports.