Texas Angler Catches 12.5ft Tiger Shark in Epic Battle Before Releasing It

A Texas angler caught a huge tiger shark, measuring 12 feet 5 inches, in an epic battle before releasing it back into the water.

Angler Christian Haltermann was fishing at Padre Island National Seashore near Austin when he reeled in the ginormous shark on May 14, local news outlet My Sanantonio reported.

The angler had been fishing for 36 hours when he snagged the shark. It took him over two hours to reel in the predator, My Sanantonio reported.

Haltermann told the news outlet that he is a volunteer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), participating in their Cooperative Shark Tagging Program. Haltermann catches sharks in order to tag and release them.

Haltermann told My Sanantonio that this particular tiger shark was the largest he has caught and estimated that it weighed 1,000 pounds.

He said the shark "absolutely beat [him] up" as he wrestled with it. Even after he reeled the fish in she "had a bunch of fight left in her."

Haltermann said "it was pretty epic," and he was "over the moon" with the catch.

"When we saw it come out of the water the first time, I mean we kind of figured it was over 11 feet, but we weren't expecting that. It was a pretty, pretty massive tiger," he told My Sanantonio.

Tiger sharks are one of the largest shark species in the world. On average, this species can grow 10 to 14 feet and weigh between 850 and 1,400 pounds. Tiger sharks are known for having an aggressive temperament, and they are second only to the great white shark in terms of attacks on humans. They only tend to be aggressive when provoked. However the Florida Museum—which documents the global shark attack file—says they should be treated with "extreme caution and a great deal of respect."

As Haltermann struggled to reel the beast in, his 8-year-old son went to the shore and rounded up some assistance. Together, they managed to wrestle the shark and tag it, before releasing it back into the depths.

The angler used bait, and dropped about 1,000 yards away from land to catch the predator, My Sanantonio reported.

Newsweek has asked Haltermann for comment.

The Cooperative Shark Tagging Program at the NOAA is a group effort by recreational fishermen and NOAA to better understand sharks in the Atlantic.

The program first launched in 1962 and now has over 295,000 sharks tagged from 52 species.

Of these tagged sharks, around 17,500 sharks have been recaptured and analysed, which gives the organization data from 33 species.

The information helps the NOAA better understand shark populations, migration patterns, behavior, and mortality rates.

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A stock photo shows a tiger shark. They are one of the largest shark species. Michael Geyer/Getty Images