Movie fans who saw the picture Jaws realized that they were seeing a kind of mechanical monster. After all, a real white shark would probably fail to follow the script when the movie director set the cameras rolling
On April 21, 1959, a fisherman named Alf Dean hooked a white shark near Ceduna, South Australia. This was no machine that followed its cues. The battle went on for a long time. When the great white shark was finally landed, it was measured. It weighed 2,664 pounds, was 16 feet, 10 inches long, and came to 9 feet, 6 inches in girth. It was the biggest fish ever landed by rod, reel, and hook.
From The Giant Book of More Strange But True Sports Stories by Howard Liss. Illustrations by Joe Mathieu.