I’ve surfed tons on the west coast and never thought I’d have to worry about this!! Look at the size of this shredding machine!!

UCLUELET, B.C. (West side of Vancouver Island)

While the ocean vessel ‘Dawn Raider’ was commercial fishing for dogfish, this Great White was hooked in the mouth but only resisted slightly for 15 minutes before it came up alongside the boat to have a look; long enough for one of the crew members to slip a rope around it’s tail ‘And that’s when the it hit the fan!! The Shark took off towing the 42 foot fishing boat backwards through the water at about 7 Knots. Just like in JAWS, the boat was taking on water over the stern and the crew watched in horror as the shark would actually jump completely out of the water at times. This went on for an hour before the shark finally drowned.

She weighed in at 1035 LBS. It is suspected she followed a weak El Nino current into local waters in search of food. Although mid 60 deg. water is considered ideal for these sharks, the larger ones can tolerate water in the low 50s.


  1. Project Leaders

    Hi there, I live in Tofino and while looking for my own blog on sharks, skates and rays of BC (to see if it comes up on google), I came across your shark post. Maybe you know, maybe you don’t, but this shark is actually a Mako Shark and was caught a few years ago off Yarmouth in Nova Scotia. The story of the capturing of this large female is actually rather sad, as big fish stories often are. Anyway, the rumour of this shark being caught off Ukee harbour circulated fast and furiously when it first happened but the area code on the boom in the background of the photo (902) gave it away for sure! Anyway, I hope this helps rather than hinders!

    Take care,


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