When the fish you bring back to the dock is so heavy it breaks the scale at the marina, you know it’s a big one. That’s what happened with a group of California anglers who recently landed a 900 lb. mako in the waters off Marina Del Ray.

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A monster of the sea was killed and brought in to Marina del Rey – a shark so heavy that it damaged the brand-new scale at the dock. The 900-pound shark took some eight men to lift it out of the water Monday afternoon at Del Rey Landing, the marina’s general manager said. “Our digital scale goes to 750, and it was bent before half of the shark was off the ground,” said General Manager Craig Campbell, who was present when the giant shark was brought in.

The fishermen’s battle at sea with the shark broke the on-boat equipment as well, Campbell said. The fishermen had to tow the shark back to the marina because it was too heavy to pull aboard, he said.

A fish of a lifetime, to be sure, but the catch has apparently sparked quite a bit of controversy over whether such a rare fish should have been killed or released. What do you think? If you caught a giant, once-in-a-lifetime fish, what would you do?