Catch of the day: Woman reels in massive shark and drags it home after 30 mile struggle

After a 30 mile sea-battle this is the ten-foot Mako shark a U.S. woman dragged almost single-handedly into harbour.

Fishing enthusiast Karen Ulanowski caught the giant beast off Scituate in Massachusetts drawing in crowds amazed at its size.

The Mako was too big and heavy to fit in the boat so around two thirds of it was left hanging in the water, but Ms Ulanski is not unaccustomed to a big catch.

Jaws: The ten-foot Mako was dragged in from 30 miles off the U.S. coast

Jaws: The ten-foot Mako was dragged in from 30 miles off the U.S. coast

Huge: Karen Ulanowski's catch drew in crowds to see and touch the shark

Huge: Karen Ulanowski's catch drew in crowds to see and touch the shark

'Last summer we caught a bunch of blue dogs and we fished the monster shark tournament a couple times,' she said.

But when asked if it was the biggest she has snared, she said: 'No comparison, this is much, much bigger, much, much bigger!'

'I think it's somewhere between 400 and 500 pounds.'

TV interview: Karen Ulanowski (pictured) has caught several sharks but never one this big

TV interview: Karen Ulanowski (pictured) has caught several sharks but never one this big

'We hoisted it in about a third of the way and at that point we were able to get it up on plane and the boat ran quite crooked cause it was hanging off the back,' she said.

The shark-hunter had hoped to slip into port without much fuss, but people saw the shark hanging over the side.

Captured: Karen Ulanowski's boat was too small to fit the shark in it so it had to be hung off the side

Captured: Karen Ulanowski's boat was too small to fit the shark in it so it had to be hung off the side

'It was overwhelming. We tried to come in nice and quiet and it didn't happen.'

Children crowded around to photograph and even touch it.

Youngster Stephanie Dami said: 'I was like touching it and stuff.

'If you rub like one way on it, it's like sandpaper and if you rub the other way, it's very soft.' 

But it is not the biggest Mako shark caught in that area, as several years ago a 624 pounder was brought in as part of a bluefin tuna catch.

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