July 23, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Scientists who dissected the huge mako shark caught off the Southern California coast have found that the female shark had gallons of sea water and a seal or sea lion in her stomach.
NOAA research biologist Heidi Dewar says she thought the shark may have been pregnant when it was caught June 3 off Huntington Beach. Instead, they found evidence suggesting she had gave birth earlier this year.
The shark was caught June 3 after a 2 ½-hour battle off Huntington Beach. It weighed at just over 1,323 pounds.
If the catch is confirmed and meets certain conditions, it would exceed the 1,221-pound record mako catch made in 2001.
Dewar, of the National Marine Fisheries Service, said the shark was probably more than 15 years old.
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