Christopher Cls Smith, who spends a lot of time sea fishing, as evidenced by his Adventure Bro Fishing YouTube channel, came across an unusual sight he had never seen before.
“It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on a fishing pier,” Smith wrote in an article on Facebook displaying his picture. “I couldn’t believe my eyes.”
What he saw and photographed was the image of a group of fishermen hauling in their catch of the day: a shark.
The scene took place Wednesday at the fishing pier in Port Aransas, Texas, according to MySanAntonio.
Smith, who regularly publishes fishing videos on its site (and includes a short video of this strange sighting), told MySanAntonio that he was worried about how the fishermen would be able to release the shark safely, but they ended up keeping the shark and sharing the meat between people who watched and helped land the shark.
Smith thought it was a bull or tiger shark, although the species was never confirmed.
Texas anglers are allowed to catch one shark per day, with a possession limit of two sharks, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. According to the Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, approximately 40 species of sharks swim in Texas waters. The most common are: the Atlantic tip shark, the blacktip shark, the bonnethead shark, the bulldog shark and the spinner shark.
Photo courtesy of Christopher Cls Smith.