Colleen Keenan via @CBSEveningNews / Twitter
On Tuesday, a 12-year-old Massachusetts boy named Campbell Keenan had the experience of a lifetime while fishing in the waters off the coast of South Florida.
Keenan, who was on a trip to Fort Lauderdale with his mother, baited his hook and found himself battling with an 11-foot great white shark for 45 minutes. The shark weighed approximately 700 pounds.
“So, I was a little bit nervous — like, I don’t know if I want to go up against a shark,” Keenan said. “But it did make me really excited.”
Despite his initial nervousness, Keenan was able to reel in the shark with the help of a crew member.
A video of the incident was posted on social media, with one person in the background exclaiming, “That is 100% a [explicit] shark!”
The great white shark is considered one of the most predatory and dangerous fish in the ocean and is highly sought after by fishermen.
However, it is important to note that great white sharks are a protected species and it is illegal to catch or harm them in most places.
The shark caught by Keenan was released back into the wild and it’s clear that 12-year-old Keenan had an unforgettable experience and a once-in-a-lifetime catch.
It’s a story that he and his family will be able to tell for many years to come. But it also serves as a reminder of the importance of respecting and preserving the ocean’s inhabitants, even if it is a great white shark.
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