Why this man doesn’t want you to know about his 800-pound shark

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shark22n-1-webA fisherman would have preferred if his greatest catch had gone unnoticed.

Joey Polk reeled in an 805-pound Mako shark off the coast of Florida. His cousins were there as he hauled it in from land.

They didn’t want to make a big deal about the catch because they don’t want it to lead to a ban on land-based shark fishing. They also don’t want to scare off tourists who think the gulf is full of sharks.

“We just want to save our sport. The more people that know about it the more people that crowd our beach, with hundreds of people swimming that’s not what we want,” Polk said.

They say most of the sharks they catch get tagged and released back into the water.

But the 800 pound shark was not as lucky — it wound up in Polk’s pick-up truck.

Someone snapped a photo of the shark while the fishermen stopped to get gas. They posted the photo on social media and the story went viral.

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