Story at a glance

  • A paramedic caught a massive shark at a North Carolina beach.
  • Blake Cochran reeled in a hammerhead that was 13 feet, 6 inches long and about 500-700 lbs at North Topsail Beach.
  • After posing for a quick photo, Cochran and his friend immediately released the shark back into the ocean.

A paramedic has the fish tale of a lifetime to tell after he reeled in a massive hammerhead shark at a North Carolina beach.

Blake Cochran was fishing with friends at North Topsail Beach when he reeled in a hammerhead larger than any he had caught before.


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“I knew it was something big,” Cochran told local station WSOC. “The biggest shark I’ve caught up to this point was like 4 feet, and this one, when I pulled it in, it was insane.”

The hammerhead was 13 feet, 6 inches long and weighed about 500-700 lbs. The species of hammerhead shark is unclear.

After posing for a quick photo, Cochran and his friend immediately released the shark back into the ocean.

“When we caught that one, a lot of folks came up and said, ‘Oh my God, I’m not gonna let my kids swim here,’” Cochran said. “There’s sharks in the water. It’s the ocean, it’s their home. They’re not gonna bother you unless you bother them.”


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Published on Oct 20, 2021