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Fishermen reel in Britain's largest ever blue shark

The blue shark weighed 256 pounds. Credit: Robin Chapman

A group of fishermen in Cornwall have taken the British catch and release record after reeling in a massive blue shark.

John Dines from Essex caught the animal ten miles off the coast of Penzance.

Mr Dines was helped to bring the shark in by 3 of his friends.

A weight of 256 pounds makes it the largest blue shark ever caught in British waters.

The previous record of 214 pounds has stood since 1959.

After the shark's weight was calculated it was released back into the sea.

Robin Chapman, who was skipper of the boat when Mr Dines caught the shark, took a photo as proof.

He says catch and release is "the way forward in protecting our fishery for many generations to come."

Well done John Dines - cracking achievement mate. Also thanks to the Shark Club for finally moving things in the right direction.

– Robin Chapman