As Shark Week comes to a close, a kayaker known as Tony "Shark Tony" Cutugno reeled in the catch of the summer last week.
Most nights Shark Tony takes his kayak into the ocean with a bucket of chum at dusk and manages to catch a few small sand sharks.
But last Wednesday, Digital Journal reports that Cutugno hauled in a 7-foot sand tiger shark about 200 yards off-shore, near the 58th Street beach in Ocean City.
In an encouraging note to holiday tourists, Shark Tony said, “They're always there. Sharks don't bite people or else you couldn't swim.” He later released the shark back into the water. It took three men to bring in the big shark.
Ocean City’s 58th Street lifeguard Bill Kazmarck said people were aware that sharks were in the water. "It's their home, too," he toldphilly.com. "People ask all the time if there are sharks out there. But if they wanted to attack, they'd attack every day. They don't."
Beach patrol Lieutenant Brian Booth said the waters were safe for swimmers.
Sand tiger sharks are common in North American coastal waters, according to Ocean City Patch. They have large, ragged teeth, but are not considered aggressive and not known to attack humans. They range from 4 to 9 feet in length.
"I just like to pull them up, get a picture and let them go,” Cutugno told CBS Philly.