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However, there is still the shark that was landed on April 1, 1987 off Kangaroo Iceland in Australia with a putative length of 7 meters. It could have gone down in history as a scientifically confirmed record specimen if professional fisherman Peter Riseley had taken it to Cape Hart port in its en-tirety, rather than cutting it into pieces. The shark had entangled itself in a bottom set gill net, but was too heavy to be winched on board (after all, the winch has a capacity of at least 4,000 lb). Therefore, Riseley and his mate tied the shark to the bow and tail of the boat between the bollards. Its span amounted to 6.9 meters, but Riseley estimated it at over 7 meters because the fish was hanging a bit in the middle. Initially, the crew cut off the last 3 meters, but the rest was still too heavy for the winch. They cut off the head, as well as the more than 1 meter long dorsal fin without hesitation, returning to the port with these trophies. Riseley had the dentition prepared immediately, which the marine scientist Michael Cappo exam-ined a few weeks after the catch: The sharks teeth were unusually slender compared to its large jaw, albeit relatively small at 5.16 centimeters and stood very far apart. The extrapolation of a comparison curve of known tooth sizes revealed a shark length of 5.8 meters. However, the enor-mous jaw size of 2.28 meters with a width of about 83 centimeters (after almost four weeks drying time) confirmed Riseley's information, speaking for a length of about 6.8 meters and a calculated weight of 3,725 kg! 45


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