Fishing always has an element of mystery to it. Once you toss your line in the water, you really don’t know what could be lurking beneath the surface! In most freshwater environments, river monsters are the worst things you can encounter, but in the ocean who knows what sorts of things you could accidentally hook? In a recently uploaded TikTok, we see just how crazy the ocean’s creatures can be, and also get a bit of insight into a practice that is harming sea life.
In the TikTok clip, a massive creature has accidentally been caught by a commercial fishing vessel. Lying atop a pile of small silverfish is a HUGE shark. For anyone who’s watched Shark Week before, it’s pretty easy to tell what kind of shark it is—a great white!
Somehow, a great white shark ended up stuck on the deck of a commercial fishing vessel. Generally, great whites are pretty rare, so seeing one out of the water and on the deck of your ship is pretty surprising! Thankfully, we are able to witness along with the fisherman as someone decided to film it.
Although the clip is only 5 seconds long, we can see that the fishermen have attached some sort of pulley system to their machinery and started to lift the shark clear of the boat. Despite heading out on the boat to catch fish, a great white isn’t the kind of fish that they were hoping to snag!
Since the shark was so heavy and potentially dangerous, the fishermen decided it was best to let a machine do all the work. Large sharks can grow up to 5,000 lbs and can be as long as 16 feet! As the video ends, we see the shark being lifted, hopefully, to be released back into the water that it came from. Funny enough, it seems to grab a fish as a to-go snack on its way out!
After watching the clip, it’s easy to be confused as to how a great white ended up on the deck of a boat anyways. Sadly, this probably occurs all too often. When large commercial vessels go out to fish, they sweep their nets across large swaths of the ocean in a process known as trawling. After traveling some distance, they will then pull in the nets and dump the contents onto the deck for sorting. As one might imagine, it’s hard to control the type of fish that a trawler gets. These unintentionally caught fish are known as “bycatch”.
Bycatch is one of the leading causes of species extinction across the globe. In fact. Oceana.org states:
BYCATCH, OR THE CATCH OF NON-TARGET FISH AND OCEAN WILDLIFE, IS ONE OF THE LARGEST THREATS TO MAINTAINING HEALTHY FISH POPULATIONS AND MARINE ECOSYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD. According to some estimates, global bycatch may amount to 40 percent of the world’s catch, totaling 63 billion pounds per year.
Make sure you check out the short clip below!
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