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Exclusive Underwater Shots: Aussie Photog Captures Giant Mako Biting Tail Off Marlin in Mid-Release

Exclusive Underwater Shots: Aussie Photog Captures Giant Mako Biting Tail Off Marlin in Mid-Release

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from Team Outdoor Ad... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That's amazing. I would be chumming the water thru my pants if that ever happened to me.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Wow it gives you an excellent perspective of the shark being an elite predator with the sense to be safe and still be so close to its major predator. this is better than shark week. lol

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from Lucas Paul wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That is an awsome story..LP

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from neuman23 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Kind of ironic the boat is named Strikezone....

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from dneaster3 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Old Man and the Sea meets Jaws. Yikes.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

i think the sharks are trained.

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from jbird wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Wow! Thats an amazing tale. Great pictures too.

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

No, it's just Old Man and the Sea, his marlin is attacked by Makos too.

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I would have it mounted, with the shark bite out of it.

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from country road wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Sends cold shivers down my spine. I'v seen big sharks from the boat, but never even considered getting into the water where they might be feeding.

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from rik680 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

From what I have read I may have a different perspective . If this is supposed to be a "text book release" , got news for you field and stream you got it all wrong . And I must say have graduated to moron as far as I am concerned . Its a little funny that the crew knew the Mako was stalking the shoot. But still brought the fish to the boat and held it long enough for the Mako to make a move on it . Whats the point Field and Stream , trying to get some cheap publicity at the cost of a endangered striped Marlin .
Congratulations Field and Stream for actually sensationalizing a very tragic story , Morons !

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from mountaindew732 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

to rik680 - who clearly needs to stop and read before he opens his mouth - The fish was brought to the side of the boat so it could be photographed and filmed while performing a proper release. A proper release meaning holding the fish along the side of the boat while the boat slowly moves so water can run through the gills of the fish and provide oxygen, allowing it to recover quicker. I highly doubt they would have let their cameraman in the water knowing the mako would attack. Also why attack field and stream? This story is on other news sites that tell the same basic story. Do you yell about everyone who happens to have a camera when something natural and exciting happens in nature?

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

and rik680, they didn't know that it was a Mako,
they just said that they kept marking an other fish on the sounder.

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from jimurray wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Amazing video. Don't know if i would want to be in the water.

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

He does have a point in saying the mako did have its intended target form the beginning, so he was never in any real danger.

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from lostboystaxidermy wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

i would have done everything i could to catch the mako. theyre good eating and fun to catch. shame about the marlin. but cool pics.

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from Dan the Man wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Old Man and the Sea all over again.

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from Jadda wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Been there done that! Had a Mako attempt to steal a 25lb Dolphin from us in the keys. Ended up hooking it up and watching it go airborne 3 time on either side of the boat!

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from Jadda wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Been there done that! Had a Mako attempt to steal a 25lb Dolphin from us in the keys. Ended up hooking it up and watching it go airborne 3 time on either side of the boat!

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from outdoorsman29 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

That's so cool. I would probably be having a heart attack though if that happened right in front of me in the water.

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from Tony Baker wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I find it funny that both of the fish are about the same (if not longer) size as the boat..............

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from jrok6661 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Great picture! We are so used to crazy pictures being faked that is great to see real pics.

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from justfacts wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Although these photos and video are exciting (and sell ad space), the bottom line is this is the waste of a good marlin. When catch and release takes too long due to filming/photos, then it is more like chumming -- a struggling fish always attracts sharks. And to title the page "bites off tail of Marlin" tends to cover up the fact that the marlin was destroyed, it's dead, and did not live to get bigger and be caught again by other anglers. Seems to me to be about as natural and film-worthy as a deer being hit by a car.

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from Mutley wrote 3 years 4 days ago

I think that the Marlin would of gotten away with it if it hadn't been for those "Pesky Kids"

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from Bwana Hunter wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Amazing story and film footage by Mr. McGlashan, but I think he's setting himself up for the same kind of attack on himself. Over-confidence, a feeling of invulnerbility is always on the list of 'What did the person do wrong' after an attack with possible dire consequences to the victim.

Enjoy the wilds of this world, whether on land or sea, but don't temp fate if at all possible. Keep the uppper hand and watch your back in shark infested waters or cape buffalo country. That's the best way to keep a fellow's relatively thin skin intact.

Peter Hathaway Capstick always said to "strive to keep the balances in your favor, and don't get nailed..!" Yupe, that is and always will be good advice.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

where there is one shark there could be others. that cameraman was taking a lot of risk for photos.

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from the Preacher wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

yeah mako sharks are "good eatin". Taste like a thermometer.
At least we can positively identify that it is mercury poisoning that is causing these catch and keep shark guys to spell so well.

Large predator fish; Shark, billfish, tuna = insanely elevated mercury levels.
Mercury = Autism, ADD, brain damage, neurological disorders.

Sharks are the worst because they eat other Large predators, as seen in the article.

Worst to eat, best to catch. Catch and Release

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from the Preacher wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

The camera man showed incredible Balls as well as true understanding of his work. This goes to show that we need have a deeper understanding of these animals in order to be safer. He saw the shark, and knew, A) he was not on the menu, and B) it is a large mako and usually hunts alone. What would have happened if instead he would have said.
"this is like that jaws movie.!!!, AH+_&%%*AHHH*&^$&%^%" and panicked his way away form the fish?

Like the Grizzly, people know how to take good pictures, and study them even though they can kill you. Sharks too need 1)respect, 2)protection and 3) the front half of the marlin that he just caught.

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from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I agree with one comment took to long to release,maybe if the guy holding his bill would have let it go the Marlin would have a chance to get away
or maybe the shark would not chase him,instead would have gone for easier and closer pray, which is the camera man.

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from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

What I don't see right is that they took a picture
with the Marlin with big o grins on there face.

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from 357 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

amazing pictures, i would have wet myself had that happened to me and maybe taken a day off from swimming.

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from mountaindew732 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

to rik680 - who clearly needs to stop and read before he opens his mouth - The fish was brought to the side of the boat so it could be photographed and filmed while performing a proper release. A proper release meaning holding the fish along the side of the boat while the boat slowly moves so water can run through the gills of the fish and provide oxygen, allowing it to recover quicker. I highly doubt they would have let their cameraman in the water knowing the mako would attack. Also why attack field and stream? This story is on other news sites that tell the same basic story. Do you yell about everyone who happens to have a camera when something natural and exciting happens in nature?

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from Team Outdoor Ad... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That's amazing. I would be chumming the water thru my pants if that ever happened to me.

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from dneaster3 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Old Man and the Sea meets Jaws. Yikes.

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from justfacts wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Although these photos and video are exciting (and sell ad space), the bottom line is this is the waste of a good marlin. When catch and release takes too long due to filming/photos, then it is more like chumming -- a struggling fish always attracts sharks. And to title the page "bites off tail of Marlin" tends to cover up the fact that the marlin was destroyed, it's dead, and did not live to get bigger and be caught again by other anglers. Seems to me to be about as natural and film-worthy as a deer being hit by a car.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

i think the sharks are trained.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

where there is one shark there could be others. that cameraman was taking a lot of risk for photos.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Wow it gives you an excellent perspective of the shark being an elite predator with the sense to be safe and still be so close to its major predator. this is better than shark week. lol

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bwana Hunter wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

Amazing story and film footage by Mr. McGlashan, but I think he's setting himself up for the same kind of attack on himself. Over-confidence, a feeling of invulnerbility is always on the list of 'What did the person do wrong' after an attack with possible dire consequences to the victim.

Enjoy the wilds of this world, whether on land or sea, but don't temp fate if at all possible. Keep the uppper hand and watch your back in shark infested waters or cape buffalo country. That's the best way to keep a fellow's relatively thin skin intact.

Peter Hathaway Capstick always said to "strive to keep the balances in your favor, and don't get nailed..!" Yupe, that is and always will be good advice.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

No, it's just Old Man and the Sea, his marlin is attacked by Makos too.

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

I would have it mounted, with the shark bite out of it.

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from Dan the Man wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Old Man and the Sea all over again.

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from jbird wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Wow! Thats an amazing tale. Great pictures too.

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from neuman23 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Kind of ironic the boat is named Strikezone....

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from country road wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Sends cold shivers down my spine. I'v seen big sharks from the boat, but never even considered getting into the water where they might be feeding.

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from Jadda wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Been there done that! Had a Mako attempt to steal a 25lb Dolphin from us in the keys. Ended up hooking it up and watching it go airborne 3 time on either side of the boat!

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from Jadda wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

Been there done that! Had a Mako attempt to steal a 25lb Dolphin from us in the keys. Ended up hooking it up and watching it go airborne 3 time on either side of the boat!

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from outdoorsman29 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

That's so cool. I would probably be having a heart attack though if that happened right in front of me in the water.

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from Lucas Paul wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

That is an awsome story..LP

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from jimurray wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Amazing video. Don't know if i would want to be in the water.

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

and rik680, they didn't know that it was a Mako,
they just said that they kept marking an other fish on the sounder.

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

He does have a point in saying the mako did have its intended target form the beginning, so he was never in any real danger.

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from Mutley wrote 3 years 4 days ago

I think that the Marlin would of gotten away with it if it hadn't been for those "Pesky Kids"

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from Tony Baker wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I find it funny that both of the fish are about the same (if not longer) size as the boat..............

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from jrok6661 wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Great picture! We are so used to crazy pictures being faked that is great to see real pics.

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from the Preacher wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

yeah mako sharks are "good eatin". Taste like a thermometer.
At least we can positively identify that it is mercury poisoning that is causing these catch and keep shark guys to spell so well.

Large predator fish; Shark, billfish, tuna = insanely elevated mercury levels.
Mercury = Autism, ADD, brain damage, neurological disorders.

Sharks are the worst because they eat other Large predators, as seen in the article.

Worst to eat, best to catch. Catch and Release

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

I agree with one comment took to long to release,maybe if the guy holding his bill would have let it go the Marlin would have a chance to get away
or maybe the shark would not chase him,instead would have gone for easier and closer pray, which is the camera man.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

What I don't see right is that they took a picture
with the Marlin with big o grins on there face.

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from 357 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

amazing pictures, i would have wet myself had that happened to me and maybe taken a day off from swimming.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from the Preacher wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

The camera man showed incredible Balls as well as true understanding of his work. This goes to show that we need have a deeper understanding of these animals in order to be safer. He saw the shark, and knew, A) he was not on the menu, and B) it is a large mako and usually hunts alone. What would have happened if instead he would have said.
"this is like that jaws movie.!!!, AH+_&%%*AHHH*&^$&%^%" and panicked his way away form the fish?

Like the Grizzly, people know how to take good pictures, and study them even though they can kill you. Sharks too need 1)respect, 2)protection and 3) the front half of the marlin that he just caught.

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from lostboystaxidermy wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

i would have done everything i could to catch the mako. theyre good eating and fun to catch. shame about the marlin. but cool pics.

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from rik680 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

From what I have read I may have a different perspective . If this is supposed to be a "text book release" , got news for you field and stream you got it all wrong . And I must say have graduated to moron as far as I am concerned . Its a little funny that the crew knew the Mako was stalking the shoot. But still brought the fish to the boat and held it long enough for the Mako to make a move on it . Whats the point Field and Stream , trying to get some cheap publicity at the cost of a endangered striped Marlin .
Congratulations Field and Stream for actually sensationalizing a very tragic story , Morons !

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Additional Info

When photographer Al McGlashan jumped into the Pacific Ocean off Port Stephens, Australia, earlier this month, his assignment was to film a textbook release of a striped marlin. But a 10-foot mako shark that had been stalking the shoot flipped the script as McGlashan captured the ferocious attack from a few feet away. Field & Stream got a U.S. exclusive on the photos, video and the story behind them.

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