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February 23, 2012 12:24 pm

Massive Shark Caught Off Israel Coast

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It’s shark season in Israel, and proof of it showed up with fishermen at the Acre Marina on Thursday, in the form of a 10 foot blue shark.

According to a report from, it was the largest shark caught by fishermen from the marina in 50 years.

The blue shark may have been in the area due to warmer waters emanating from two local power plants close to the sea water, according to Omri Gal, a spokesman for the country’s Parks and Nature Authority.  Gal said that sharks typically go into warmer waters where they have a more plentiful hunting ground of fish.

Ashraf Suway, the fisherman who brought the blue shark to the marina could not free the animal from his net, forcing him to bring it back to shore.  The head and tail has been taken to researchers at Tel Aviv University, but according to another Parks and Nature official, “there are a lot of sharks like this, just people don’t catch very many of them. This is not some sort of revolution though.”


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  • Avi Bernstein

    This shark is listed on the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List as Vulnerable to extinction. The fisherman needs to be arrested for crimes against the environment.

  • Jeff

    Ok it is definitely a Mako, however in some circles the Mako is also called the BLUE Pointer. Dont know if everyone knows to add POINTER after Blue for the Mako.

  • Definitely a mako.

  • Matze

    Actually it is a mako (shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrhinchus).

  • That is not a blue shark. It is a very large, very dangerous mako shark.

    • Avi Bernstein

      @Richard Ellis. No, it’s not dangerous. It’s dead. Therefore logic dictates that the fisherman who caught it, is dangerous.

  • Steve

    That is Isurus Oxyrhincus not Prionace Glauca. I thought Israelis were supposed to be smart?

  • mark harding

    yes – definitely a mossad radio controlled drone. they don’t have a mould to make blues yet. only makos.

  • 80sOgre

    looks more like a Mako.

    • i agree – this is a mako shark.

      from iran? could be – just as the mossad sent a couple of oceanic white tips to egypt to kill some divers / swimmers and, thus, the tourism industry —– 🙂

  • Yosef

    It must be a shark sent from Iran! 🙂