Monster 700-pound Tiger Shark Caught by 8-Year-Old Boy on Fishing Trip: 'The Adrenalin Was Pumping'

An 8-year-old boy may be a new world record holder after snagging a massive tiger shark weighing in at just under 700 pounds during a fishing trip in Australia this month.

The huge ocean predator was hooked on October 5 by Jayden Millauro, the youngest member of the Port Hacking Game Fishing Club, while he was fishing with his father Jonothan and crew members on a vessel called "The Undertaker", 9News reported.

"The adrenalin was pumping from the moment we all spotted the shark at the boat," the boy's father told the media outlet, adding: "So Jayden grabs the rod [and] we harnessed him up."

The shark catch reportedly took place at an undisclosed location about 160 k.m. south of Sydney close to an area known as Browns Mountain.

The child successfully baited the 692 pound shark, then used side of the boat as leverage to keep it on the end of a 33 pound line. Images published online show the tiger shark was eventually reeled onboard. "I was trying to hold myself, by pushing off the wall in the boat," Jayden told 9News.

News of the catch was shared on Facebook by the Sydney Game Fishing Club, which posted a picture showing the shark hanging after being weighed. "Pending World, Aust & NSW record 314kg to Port hacking smallfry Jayden," it wrote. "Congratulations to team Undertaker."

The current record is held by a man who reeled a 312kg (688 pound) tiger shark in 1997, MEAWW reported. Jayden's catch has not yet been confirmed into the official record books.

The child faced a mixture of congratulations and criticism after the images of his catch were published to social media, with some users wondering why it had not been released.

His father has since defended the decision to keep the shark, indicating it was too good of a catch to set free, The Leader newspaper reported yesterday. "The majority of sharks that are caught are let go," Millauro said. "With this one, fisheries will take samples for research, and the jaws will get moulded into in a plaque on the wall for Jayden. The rest is fish and chips."

Pending World Aust & NSW record 314kg to Port hacking smallfry Jayden congratulations to team undertaker

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Approximately 180 species of shark are known to frequent Australian waters, with roughy 70 being "endemic," according to the Department of Environment and Energy.

The majority of sharks can legally be caught by commercial and recreational fishers but some species, including the grey nurse and speartooth, are protected under environmental law. That means it is a criminal offense to injure, kill or take them. The tiger shark is unprotected.

The department says: "Several species of shark are known to be dangerous to humans: the white shark, tiger shark, bull shark and other whaler sharks. No shark is thought to target humans as prey, rather the majority of shark attacks can be attributed to the shark confusing us with its normal prey."

It adds: "Sharks play an important role in maintaining the health of the marine environment. The Australian Government is determined to ensure the conservation of shark species."

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