Forget Jimmy Buffett’s latest big tuna catch, six Camp Lejeune Marines added some big excitement to last weekend’s bachelor party, not with more margaritas, but with the addition of a 14-foot, 700 pound tiger shark.
Creating their own story for Shark Week, the Marines aboard a 43-foot chartered, sport-fishing vessel didn't actually catch the monster fish, they drowned it.
By their own account, as reported in today's Marine Corps Times, they spotted the shark in about 35 feet of water off the coast of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and “looped a rope around its tail and dragged it backwards until it drowned.”
If their motivation was to save beach goers from a possible shark attack, they did the right thing; tiger sharks are in the top three species involved in “unprovoked fatal shark attacks”.
Found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters, “finning” and fishing have rendered the tiger shark on the “near threatened” list.
Female tiger sharks get bigger than males, some measuring as much as 16-18 feet.
As Marines will do, even at bachelor parties, they probably snagged a female.
Other big military news today:
- SSG Robert Bales gets life in prison
- Hasan guilty of murders at Fort Hood
- Bradley Manning gets 35 years
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