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Always Check the Rules Before You Eat Your Record-Setting Shark

A few weeks back, fisherman Joey Polk caught an 805 lb. shark and threw it in the back of his truck, as is the style of the times. (Yes, this happened in Florida.) Polk was so excited about catching a record-setting shark that he decided to commemorate the catch by chopping it up and grilling it, which is too bad, because that’s against the rules of the Land-Based Shark Fishing Association(?). It means Polk’s catch won’t be recorded for posterity, and the record holder will remain Earnie Polk—Joey’s cousin. He caught a 725 lb. mako back in 2009 and, yes, he also ate his shark. But that was before the LBSFA’s pesky rules about eating sharks went into effect …

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