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Charter captain reels in 16-foot shark off Hilton Head

Posted January 4

A Hilton Head charter captain caught a 16-foot great white shark on New Year's Eve.

— A charter boat owner and captain got the catch of a lifetime on New Year's Eve. While fishing off Hilton Head Island, Chip Michalove reeled in a 16-foot female shark.

Michalove's video, posted to YouTube on behalf of his charter company, Outcast Sport Fishing, shows the shark on the line and the incredulous reactions of those on the boat.

Michalove, who told CBS News that he has loved sharks since a very young age, works with scientists at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to tag and release sharks so they can be monitored.

After he and his crew tagged their New Year's Eve catch, he was able to capture video of her swimming away in the dark water.


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  • Scott Phelps Jan 4, 2017
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    Most definitely a Tiger..the size of this thing is real common all around Hawaii, but maybe here too..yikes.

  • Jason Matthews Jan 4, 2017
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    the shark in the picture is not a great white shark that's a tiger shark. You can see the stripes. also white shark have pointed heads not a flat head like a tiger shark has in that picture

  • Buddy Andressen Jan 4, 2017
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    Cool story! That's a nice commercial for the charter boat company, but they've really done a public service by attaching the monitoring equipment to this monster. Any swimmer that doesn't see those barrels coming just isn't respecting the sea and its perils.