Press-Republican

FYI...

September 3, 2013

Near-record 609 lb. shark caught off Mass. coast

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — "Shark Week" has come and gone, but a massive sea monster caught over the weekend off the Massachusetts coast is making waves among local fishermen.

A 609-pound thresher shark was caught Saturday off the Cape Ann coast, the giant fish weighing in at just a few pounds shy of the state's all-time record.

Charter boat fisherman Bob Cloutier said he was about 60 miles off shore when his nephew, Zach Cloutier, hooked a fish that instantly caught their attention.

"The fish took a lot of line, so I knew it was something out of the ordinary," said Bob Cloutier.

In the world of sharks, the thresher is an unusual creature — it has an extra-long extension on its upper tail that is nearly as long as its body. It uses it to slap the surface of the water to herd its prey.

It also has an extraordinary behavior that the Cloutiers witnessed several times — thresher sharks leap out of the water, sometimes several feet in the air. It’s a sight that is stunning and frightening even to the saltiest of ocean fishermen.

"We saw it jump a few times. It gave a heck of a show," said Bob Cloutier.

For the next two and a half hours, Zach battled hard to get the fish to the boat. When it finally reached the boat, Bob Cloutier said he had new problem to deal with: how to get it aboard. Even with four grown men aboard, the task was impossible. A radio call brought another fisherman to their aid, and with the help of his block and tackle gear, the shark was hauled aboard the 30-foot-long Sailfish center console boat.

The shark was brought to the Newburyport, Mass., fishing pier, where the harbormaster Paul Hogg took a photo of the fish and the four men who were on board the vessel when it was caught.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
FYI...
  • 20140729-AMX-GIVHAN292.jpg Spanx stretches into new territory with jeans, but promised magic is elusive

    The Spanx empire of stomach-flattening, thigh-slimming, jiggle-reducing foundation garments has expanded to include what the brand promises is the mother of all body-shaping miracles: Spanx jeans.

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • lockport-police.jpg Police department turns to Facebook for guidance on use of 'negro'

    What seems to be a data entry mistake by a small town police department in western New York has turned into a social media firestorm centered around the word "negro" and whether it's acceptable to use in modern society.

    August 9, 2014 3 Photos

  • Sunburn isn't the only sign of summer that can leave you itchy and blistered

    You've got a rash. You quickly rule out the usual suspects: You haven't been gardening or hiking or even picnicking, so it's probably not a plant irritant such as poison ivy or wild parsnip; likewise, it's probably not chiggers or ticks carrying Lyme disease; and you haven't been swimming in a pond, which can harbor the parasite that causes swimmer's itch.

    August 8, 2014

  • CATS-DOGS281.jpg Where cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.-and all over the world

    We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people. But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

    August 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • Why a see-through mouse is a big deal for scientists

    A group of Caltech researchers announced in Cell Thursday their success in making an entire organism transparent. Unfortunately, this isn't any kind of "Invisible Man" scenario: The organism in question is a mouse, and the mouse in question is quite dead.

    August 6, 2014

  • cleaning supplies Don't judge mothers with messy homes

    I was building shelves in my garage when a neighbor girl, one of my 4-year-old daughter's friends, approached me and said, "I just saw in your house. It's pretty dirty. Norah's mommy needs to clean more."

    August 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • wd saturday tobias .jpg Stranger’s generosity stuns Ohio veteran

    Vietnam War veteran David A. Tobias was overwhelmed recently when a fellow customer at an OfficeMax store near Ashtabula, Ohio paid for a computer he was purchasing.

    August 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Russia's war on McDonald's takes aim at the Filet-o-Fish

    Russia said earlier this week that it had no intention of answering Western sanctions by making it harder for Western companies to conduct business in Russia.
    But all bets are off, apparently, when you threaten the Russian waistline.

    August 3, 2014

  • Fast food comes to standstill in China

    The shortage of meat is the result of China's latest food scandal, in which a Shanghai supplier allegedly tackled the problem of expired meat by putting it in new packaging and shipping it to fast-food restaurants around the country.

    August 2, 2014

  • Has the ipad lost its swag?

    The numbers are clear: Apple is selling fewer iPads.

    August 1, 2014