Two fishermen in Hilton Head, S.C., managed to hook two different Great White sharks — including one 16-footer — within just ten minutes during a fishing trip earlier this week.
“I couldn’t believe it, it was like the two sharks were traveling close to each other,” Captain Chip Michalove told Hilton Head’s Island Packet. “I’ve hooked multiple in one day before, but they’re usually hours apart.”
Michalove, who owns and operates the Outcast Sport Fishing charter company, and who also works alongside the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy in Massachusetts, was out fishing with his friend Patrick on Monday afternoon when they hooked the first of the day’s big catches.
“I couldn’t tell if it was a male or female, but it took the bait right by the port side motor and looked to be about 9-10 feet long,” Michalove wrote on Facebook. “Perfect size for the two of us.”
Unfortunately, despite a 15-minute “battle,” Michalove said the shark spit out the hook. But he and Patrick wouldn’t have to wait long for their next bite.
“In less than 10 [minutes],” Michalove said a bigger Great White — one measuring 16 feet — had snagged the line. In fact, the fish was so big that Michalove and Patrick radioed a nearby fisherman friend and his daughter for help, Island Packet reported.
“She was so big, my skeleton crew had to call for help,” Michalove told the outlet.
The four were eventually able to pull the Great White alongside the boat, at which point the shark stopped resisting. Michalove then tagged the shark’s fin and released her back into the ocean.
“What I’ve noticed is, the less stressed they are, the more likely they are to stay in the location they’re caught,” said Michalove on Facebook.
Scientists with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy have since estimated the shark to be around 3,000 pounds, which was easily “the biggest” Great White Michalove has tagged this season, Michalove says. But he’s not just doing it for bragging rights, though — the captain’s work helps the conservancy to monitor the migratory patterns of the species.
Twenty years since Columbine shooting marked with vigils | US News
The names of 12 students and a teacher who were killed in the Columbine High School shooting have been read out at a ceremony marking 20 years since the massacre.
White doves were released, ending three days of gatherings to remember those who died on 20 April 1999, when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, aged 18 and 17, attacked the Colorado school.
They exchanged fire with police officers at the scene before shooting and killing themselves.
They had planted explosives inside and left the building and waited, but went back in when they failed to detonate and began their killing spree.
More than 2,000 people attended the memorial event in a park near the high school on Saturday.
Dawn Anna’s 18-year-old daughter Lauren Townsend was killed in the library.
At the memorial, Ms Anna said: “We’re changed. We’re weaker in some places, but hopefully we’re stronger in most of them. Our hearts have giant holes in them. But our hearts are bigger than they were 20 years ago.”
Patrick Ireland was shot three times but managed to escape.
He was captured on camera dangling from a second-storey window before falling into the arms of SWAT officers.
He had to learn to walk and talk again.
“Our innocence was stolen,” he said.
“How can that ever be repaid? But forgiveness is a process. It takes time. It takes practice, repetition, translating that rhythm into moving.”
Frank DeAngelis, who was the school’s head teacher at the time, said he begins every morning by reciting the names of those who died.
Mr DeAngelis read the 13 names aloud to end the memorial.
A bell rang 13 times, and white doves soared into the sky for each victim.
Visitors left cards and flowers at the memorial site which sits atop a hill overlooking the school.
The concrete wall contains several plaques, some featuring quotes from officials and Columbine students and teachers, the others with the names of the teacher and 12 students who were killed.
Ahead of the various memorial events, the FBI announced they were hunting a teenager “infatuated” with the 1999 Columbine massacre, who had travelled to Colorado on Monday night from Miami and bought weapons from a store in the area.
Sol Pais, 18, was later found dead at the bottom of Mount Evans, southwest of Denver, at the Echo Lake Lodge, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities said she had made violent threats to schools in Denver ahead of the 20th anniversary of the attack.
The victims were Cassie Bernall, 17, Steven Curnow, 14, Corey DePooter, 17, Kelly Fleming, 16, Matthew Kechter, 16, Daniel Mauser, 15, Daniel Rohrbough, 15, Rachel Scott, 17, Isaiah Shoels, 18, John Tomlin, 16, Lauren Townsend, 18, Kyle Velasquez 18 and teacher William ‘Dave’ Sanders, 47.
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