Dec. 31, 2006
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It looked like things were not going to end well for this
leopard shark that a couple of fisherman pulled out of the
surf in front of us on Seal Beach on New Year's Eve. We watched
intently while one reeled him in and the other scooped him
carefully into a big net, and then as they wrestled him to
the ground. At that point, while one held him, the other ran
back to his gear and came trotting up with a diver's knife.
Okay, girls, show's over, I said, shooing them off
to the other side of the berm, in hopes of avoiding nightmares
after a vision of blood draining down the beach. But instead,
the catcher used the knife to disgorge the hook, and then
after a couple of trophy shots, he laid the beast back into
the surf and quickly backed away while it swam back to sea.