The Biggest Sharks Ever Caught


People often associate sharks with terms like “sea killers” and the Steven Spielberg’s movie “Jaws.” These feared kings of the sea are probably the most famous kind of fish. They are also among the biggest and baddest.[slideshow:87891]

Catching one is probably every fisherman’s dream. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, roughly 20 percent of all shark species are categorized as “data deficient,” which means there is not enough information to discern whether or not they are at risk for extinction. But there are currently more than 200 species of sharks on the “Red List” of endangered species.

The US averages just 19 shark attacks each year and one shark-attack fatality every two years. According to National Geographic, for every human killed by a shark, humans kill approximately two million of the “super predator.”

In most major shark species, female sharks usually outweigh males, as is the case with most sharks on the following list. A whale shark is the largest living shark and the largest type of fish in general. But most of those that are caught are great whites. The largest on record, caught off Pakistan in 1947, was 41.5 feet in length. Just last year, also in Pakistan, fishermen needed five cranes to reel a 40-foot long whale shark that was found dead.

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