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.
As of this writing it appears as though Hislop will mount the fish in his Hervey Bay museum, The Hervey Bay Shark Show. The Australian Marine Conservation Society disagrees with the proposal expressing that, “Vic Hislop’s museum is not one at where the message is about shark conservation. It doesn’t promote that, so it’s not likely to be used in a positive way that’s going to be to the benefit of the species.” But the A.M.C.S. needn’t worry about losing out on displaying Hislop’s leviathan because according to him, there are plenty of bigger ones out there. He even knows of one in particular, “I’m telling you right now there is a hammerhead that’s even bigger than this monster swimming [out there]… It’s huge – about 20 feet long.”
So, where would you put your 16 ½ foot hammerhead? Comment below.