IT’S the last thing any summer tourist would want to see on a hot beach day in Port Fairy.
Yesterday morning, three proud fishermen needed a crane to hoist a four-metre thresher shark over the wharf, drawing curious onlookers.
It took the men more than an hour to net the ocean predator 65 kilometres offshore at the continental shelf on Thursday night.
But yesterday morning the glory went to Port Fairy recreational fisherman Scott Neal.
“It took the three of us. It was a team effort,” Mr Neal said.
The thresher shark generally is not regarded as a threat to humans.
The 160-kilogram catch is the largest for Mr Neal.
“It’s the biggest by a long shot,” he told The Standard.
“We were hoping for a broadbill (swordfish) but it ended up being a thresher.
“We were disappointed but excited a the same time.”
In the meantime, the three men will split their catch to take home.
Speaking as the shark was loaded onto a utility, Mr Neal said he already had plans to display photos.
“That’ll go in the lounge room,” he said.