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A Marine catches a shark, and the Internet goes wild. A video of the rare catch has gone viral, according to a report by Radar Online dated Dec. 11, 2013.

It isn't every day that a Marine catches a shark. That's probably why the video is getting so much attention. In a video that was shot in October but didn't get much attention until December, Jeff Fangman is shown making the catch of a lifetime. He is an avid angler in addition to a United States Marine, and he was on a fishing expedition with his family at a beach on Camp Pendleton when he caught the 9 1/2 foot great white shark.

Over the course of 25 minutes, the Marine wrestled the great white shark as he struggled to reel it in. After all that work, he did what came naturally to him. He set the female shark free and allowed it to swim off into the distance, knowing that not everyone gets the honor of touching a great white shark.

Fangman's wife was able to retrieve the video camera that the couple keeps in their vehicle to document the majority of the action. The resulting video shows the Marine as he catches the shark.

In addition to documenting the once-in-a-lifetime event on video, Fangman detailed his entire experience on his own website SharksOnTheSand.Com:

I put on my harness, hook to the reel, and start reeling. Then comes a strange resistance, waves are crashing on the line and kelp (maybe that is why I'm feeling weight), then out of nowhere line starts rolling off the reel slow and steady. I tighten down more and lock it up. I'm really starting to think a large patch of kelp just found my line. So many thoughts are going through my mind, whats going on? Line keeps rolling and I start to notice my line being pulled up current. Its slowing down and speeding up, then I felt it, head shakes and tail slaps. Whatever it is, its running and we immediately get exited. At that point I decide that I have two options, muscle it in and risk something failing and possibly loosing whatever it is, or lighten up and play the fight. I get the shark turned and it runs out and South. …

Words cant explain the emotions we were feeling. Here we were on a simple outing to catch something. I'm telling my wife, this is more than likely a GREAT WHITE. As I'm working it slowly in to shallower water I get to a point where I feel safe putting the rod in the holder and running for the leader. Instinct told me to do what I always do instead, run down to the shark while reeling. It hits me (GREAT WHITE) :shock:, I wrap the leader around my right hand while holding the reel in my left. I work with the waves on getting it in to where it cant swim freely. I put the 12/0 in free spool and hurled it about 20 feet up the beach to dry sand. From there it was shock and awe, and the race started to get it back swimming.

According to AOL and other news reports, the Marine's shark catch may mark the first time anyone has ever caught "… a great white shark while fishing from land in the United States."

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