A U.S. Marine caught a large tiger shark, measuring 11.7 feet long, off North Topsail Beach on Wednesday.
Laura Harrell, a bystander, posted these pictures and video to her Facebook page on Wednesday. She said the shark was caught around 8 p.m. on the north end of North Topsail Beach in Onslow County.
We talked with David Schmidt, the Camp Lejeune Marine who reeled in the shark. He said the shark was approximately 600-700 pounds. He was with a group of people who regularly catch and tag sharks for the "Apex Predators Program." The information is sent into NOAA. He said, however, they did not tag this particular shark.
After the line was cut, the shark was released back into the ocean safely.