IN SCENES reminiscent of the movie Jaws, this is the dramatic moment two fishermen reeled in the biggest shark ever caught in British waters.
The 10ft long porbeagle, a member of the man-eating Great White family, was caught by chance by anglers Wayne Comben, from Havant, and Graeme Pullen, from aptly named Hook, who were fishing off Boscastle, Cornwall.
Experts believe the predator weighed about 550lbs, easily beating the 507lbs record for the previous biggest shark caught off the north Scottish coast in 1993.
Just like in the cult 1975 film, the predator stunned Wayne and Graeme when it suddenly broke the surface and went into a feeding frenzy on the chum bait they were dropping in the sea.
It dragged the two men and their 17ft long boat for a mile before they spent 90 minutes reeling it in using a rod and line taken from a garden strimmer.
Their underwater camera recorded the moment the huge fish was pulled toward their small vessel, Hi Sea Drifter.
Wayne, who had never seen a shark before, came just inches from the porbeagle’s razor-sharp teeth as he leaned over the side to catch it.
The 45-year-old water engineer, said: ‘The way the shark just exploded on the surface gives my goosebumps thinking about it now.
‘I fought the fish with everything I had and was running on adrenaline by the end of it.
‘At one point I saw it under the boat and the size of it sent a shiver down my spine.’
It was impossible for them to lift the beast on board as they would have needed a bigger boat.
After measuring its length and width at 10ft and 2ft, they were able to calculate its weight at around 550lbs.
Graeme, 60, legally tagged it for his business, totallyawesomefishing.com, before removing the hook from its mouth and releasing it back into the sea.
The veteran fisherman said: ‘I have never seen anything like it in 40 years of sea fishing. The whole thing was like something from Jaws.
‘The shark went into this crazed feeding frenzy. If someone had been in the water at the time it would have taken a good bite out of them.
‘Even if we had more men, we would have needed a bigger boat to bring it on board. It would have capsized us.’
Despite its size, fearsome teeth and relation to the Great White, porbeagles are not considered to be a threat to humans, with only three non-fatal attacks recorded.
Porbeagles and blue sharks are said to be migrating in large numbers to UK waters at the moment as there is not enough food for them in the over-fished Atlantic.
Graeme believes the lack of food may be the reason for why the huge specimen acted in such a frenzied way.
British Records Fish Committee rules state any claim has to be weighed on scales on land, which means big fish caught at sea have to be killed.
But Wayne and Graeme decided to release the shark unharmed.