“You’re gonna need a bigger boat…” – Chief Brody, JAWS. Joel Abrahamsson was having similar thoughts as he hooked into an enormous Greenland shark just off the Norwegian coast Monday, perched not on a fishing boat or other hearty vessel, but a kayak. But unlike the two women who were recently, and involuntarily,
attacked by a great white shark while kayaking off the coast of Massachusetts, Abrahamsons was actually seeking a reckoning with the Greenland shark, and though the Greenland variety doesn’t have the notorious reputation of the great white, it is a proven meat eater.
Kayak Fish reports that Joel Abrahamsson lit out on his Greenland shark-kayak -fishing-expedition with a specific goal in mind: Not just to beat, but utterly destroy the previous record catch from a kayak, set by Howard McKim, Christopher Mautino, Allen Sansano, and Allen Bushnell, when the group pulled in some 300-to 500-pound salmon sharks in Alaska in 2008.
Abrahamsson parked his kayak less than a mile off Norway’s Andorja Island, floating in 1,600 feet of deep blue sea, with hopes that one of the mysterious Greenland sharks, which generally weigh between 1000 and 2000 pounds, was lurking below.
“There are only about 10 to 15 Greenland sharks caught every year in all of Scandinavia so it is a rare species,” said Abrahamsson. Commercial fishermen are not allowed to pursue the Greenland shark, and recreational anglers can only use rod and reel to capture the fish.
Accompanying Abrahamsson was a support team of marine scientists, and a camera crew to document the event if Abrahamsson was to actually catch
a Greenland shark.
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