Vic Hislop has the type of problem most big game fishermen dream of having: Where to put his 16 foot hammerhead shark?
Actually, the shark is more than 16 feet long. It’s more like 16 ½ feet long and weighs over 2,600 pounds. It was caught off Australia’s New South Wales coast last month when the crew of the shark fishing vessel Santrina hooked into a smaller shark. As they reeled the first shark toward the boat the monstrous hammerhead took the smaller fish as bait. After a lengthy and extremely tiring fight they managed to bring the goliath in. Once the shark and news of its capture made it to shore it was purchased by legendary “shark hunter” Vic Hislop. Some news outlets have reported that Hislop, who has caught several sharks almost as large himself, paid upwards of 13,000 Australian dollars for the specimen. So far neither Hislop nor the crew of the Santrina will comment on the price paid.