Surfer stunned to reel in 880lb shark with missing tip of tail after 'attack'

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Ryan Selvey said he was 'overjoyed' by the moment which took place at K'gari Island in Australia (Image: Ryan Selvey)

A surfer was left stunned after he reeled in a huge tiger shark which weighed a whopping 800lb whilst fishing with his friends.

Ryan Selvey said he couldn't believe his luck when he caught the gigantic beast during a trip to K'gari Island in Queensland, Australia.

Although catching a shark was on his bucket list, Ryan said he wasn't expecting to catch anything so soon.

"I paddled a bait out on the surfboard around 250 to 300 metres and dropped it," he said.

Ryan went on to say that he felt something pull his line which is when he realised the creature he had caught was huge - estimating the shark weighed about 400kg (880lb).

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Surfer stunned to reel in 880lb shark with missing tip of tail after 'attack'Ryan said beachgoers 'cheered' following their surprise catch (Ryan Selvey)
Surfer stunned to reel in 880lb shark with missing tip of tail after 'attack'Ryan said it was the 'most drag' he has ever put on a fish (Ryan Selvey)

The surfer praised his friends and said it was a "team effort" to pull the predator into knee-deep water. "It's the happiest I've been with a fish in all my life," he told 9news.com. "It was a team effort and all the boys were stoked and overjoyed."

Ryan described the shark to be more than three metres in length and said it looked like it had been attacked by another shark. "It was missing the tip of (the) tail looked like a mating scar or an old attack where another shark had bitten it off."

The surfer confirmed that he and his pals kept the predator in knee-deep water for around 90 seconds before they assisted it back out into the sea. He said the shark swam away "strongly" and added that "heaps of people" stood around and watched before he heard "lots of cheers."

Over in the UK, a 13-year-old boy recently discovered a tooth which belonged to a megalodon beneath Naze Tower on Walton-on-the-Naze Beach in Essex. Ben Evans said he was left shocked by his discovery and hailed it his "prized possession."

Surfer stunned to reel in 880lb shark with missing tip of tail after 'attack'Ben has collected around 100 small shark teeth during trips to the beach (Jason Evans / SWNS)
Surfer stunned to reel in 880lb shark with missing tip of tail after 'attack'Ryan started fossil collecting from a young age (Jason Evans / SWNS)

The tooth, which measured to six inches, was confirmed to belong to one of the world's biggest prehistoric sharks after Ben and his dad Jason took it to Essex Wildlife Trust. Ben first developed an interest in fossil hunting after they visited the Jurassic Coastline, which stretches from Devon to Dorset.

Ben, from Hemel Hempstead, said: “I was completely shocked. It was an amazing discovery for me. I’m just over the moon. I really didn’t know what to say.I didn’t expect it. I’ve watched people on YouTube finding them in places like Florida, but I never thought I would find one in England.

"There were three big rocks nearby, and I found it in a small hole. I had to crawl through the hole to pick it up. It was just there, it wasn’t covered by anything. I knew it was a megalodon shark tooth straight away. I’m keeping it on my fossil shelf now. It’s my prized possession.”

Monica Charsley

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