Nantucket Shark: Watch Elliot Sudal Wrestle 200 lb. Sand Shark Onto Shore With His Bare Hands [VIDEO]

There Once Was A Shark From Nantucket ...

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 17, 2013 4:28 PM EDT

Nantucket Shark captured by Elliot Sudal
Elliot Sudal (seen here as not the shark) pulled the 200 lb fish on shore on Sunday. (Photo: Facebook)

A Nantucket shark bit off more than it could chew when it started poaching Elliot Sudal's blue fish catch. On Sunday, Sudal and some friends were fishing in Massachusetts when they reeled in a blue fish with a big shark bite taken out of it. Hoping to lure the Nantucket shark in for a closer look they threw the carcass back into the sea. Within minutes, a sand shark showed up to finish the meal, and that's when Sudal decided to have some fun with the Nantucket shark.

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"That particular shark took about 45 minutes to get in," Sudal told CNN. "It was probably 7 feet long and 200 pounds."

And, in the age of the Internet, someone was on hand to film Sudal wrestle the Nantucket shark on shore. Here's the video of the heart-racing stunt, complete with the happy ending (for the Nantucket shark and for Sudal)

Nantucket Shark Captured By Elliot Sudal

Sudal told CNN he has been a fisherman his whole life, and the Nantucket shark isn't the first one he's ever caught. It's not his tenth or even his fiftieth. Sudal estimates he's caught more than 100 sharks in the past eight months. He recently relocated from Florida, where he was catching and releasing as many as five sharks per day. The Nantucket shark was his first one in Massachusetts, and the conservation minded Sudal always treats them as humanely as possible.

"I always let them go. I'm not trying to hurt the sharks," he said. "I just played around with this guy. I love the feeling -- it's like a connection with the animal."

Sudal posted pics of the Nantucket shark to his Facebook page, and has been expressing his astonishment that he has suddenly become an internet sensation.

"Well... today got crazy," he wrote yesterday after news of the Nantucket shark video started to spread and he began to be contacted by different media outlets. Of course, now that the Nantucket shark has made him famous, Sudal wants to cash in on his fifteen minutes of fame before it's too late.

"Anyone have any idea how I would go about trying to get a show?" he posted. "Or at least a sweet job on a fishing boat?"

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