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'Biggest shark ever' caught by angler off the coast of Pembrokeshire

The shark was caught off the coast of Milford Haven

A mammoth 23-stone shark was caught by an angler off the Welsh coast on Tuesday.

The porbeagle shark is thought to be the biggest of its kind ever caught in Welsh waters.

Weighing in at 324lb at eight foot long, the huge fish is from the same family as the Great White.

The shark was caught by angler Matthew Burrett while fishing off the coast of Milford Haven. He reeled it in during a sharking trip but luckily for the shark it was released unharmed back into the ocean.

Phat Cat Charters, the company behind the sharking trip, maintains a strict catch and release policy.

Skipper Craig Deans says it's the biggest he's seen in his 15 year career.

I've never seen anything that big before, although I'm sure there are bigger fish out there. When I saw the size of it, I was pretty shocked. We didn't really see how big it was until it was brought up alongside the boat.

At one point it even jumped out of the water - like when you see Great Whites jumping out and attacking a seal.

We tried for a while to get it onto the boat, but we weren't able to - even though we've got all the right equipment and a purpose-built boat.

Luckily, there was a big swell and that washed the fish onto the boat.

– Craig Deans, Skipper

Watch footage of porbeagle sharks swimming in Welsh waters: