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Posted: April 22, 2014

Viral video: Massive 805-lb. world record mako shark caught

Cousins have several world records

Earnie and Joey Polk
Mako in truck bed

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            Viral video: Massive 805-lb. world record mako shark caught
Mako in truck bed

By Rick Couri

PENSACOLA, Fla. —

It took the cousins more than an hour to land the monster mako.

A picture of them putting gas in their truck with the huge fish in the back has gone viral on the Internet. Keep in mind that mako sharks are typically aggresive and are the fastest shark in the ocean, swimming at 60mph in short bursts.

Earnie and Joey Polk are no strangers to catching big sharks. In 2010, Earnie landed a then world record 928-pound Tiger shark. 

Only a month later, Joey topped that when he caught a tiger shark measuring just under 13 feet and weighing nearly 950 pounds. 

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The guys usually tag the predators and then release them for NOAA. This specimen they kept, just for the bragging rights. 

Oh, and the meat. 

Earnie told the Pensacola News Journal he did the homework required to use the fish for food. 

The cousins expect to harvest 600 pounds of shark meat for lucky friends and family. 

“It's a $10 per pound fish at the fish market... It sells right along with tuna and swordfish," he beamed.

"Between all of us, there won't be a bit of it wasted." 

The two won’t tell exactly where they caught the granddaddy shark; they say that’s a professional secret. 

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