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7-foot bull shark caught off Tybee Island pier

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TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Three people fishing off the Tybee Island pier Saturday night had quite a catch. Cole Bennett and his fiancee Kayla Smith and Dustin Huber were actually getting ready to leave at around 2 a.m. when they pulled a 7-foot long, 250-pound bull shark that was just off the Tybee pier.

Bull sharks not uncommon along the Atlantic coast. They prefer warm, shallow coastal water of less than 100 feet deep.

They have also been identified as one of three shark species responsible for most attacks on humans.

Although 7 feet is average for an adult bull shark, this one certainly caught the folks who caught it off guard.

"Just seeing it floating in the water, I was just shocked. It was just pure shock, like, ‘Oh my God, I can't believe it's right out here, right where everyone's swimming at.' I mean, it's crazy. It was massive," Smith said.

The group released the shark back into the ocean. In fact, Smith said police officers came down to the pier to make sure they did release it because shark fishing is illegal on Tybee.

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