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800-pound shark creates buzz at Marina del Rey landing

July 5, 2012 |  9:19 am

Days after an 800-pound shark was hauled onto a Marina del Rey landing, the monster catch remains the talk of the dock.

"It used to be a fairly common occurrence," said Craig Campbell, general manager of Del Rey Landing. "But everyone's talking about it."

Campbell watched as a group of fisherman lugged in a mako shark they caught Monday about 15 miles off the coast of Marina del Rey. The fish — believed to be a shortfin mako, according to KTLA-TV — topped the landing's 750-pound scales, leading Campbell and others to believe it weighed between 800 and 900 pounds.

"We haven't seen sharks like that around here for a couple years," Campbell said. "It was a pretty big fish."

The shark was so big, in fact, that it couldn't be hauled aboard the boat and had to be towed to the landing by the tail.

At least six men helped lift the shark from the water onto the dock, Campbell said. The men who caught the shark are regular bait customers, but Campbell said he didn't know them well.

Fishing is good right now, Campbell said, halibut especially. He called the monster catch a good sign.

"The big fish are out there and coming in a little closer," he said.


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