When angler and Scranton attorney Michael Roth reeled in a 120-pound blacktip shark off Povo in Turks and Caicos, he could have become the world record holder for the catch, given the equipment he was using. But, as David Shiffman over at Southern Fried Science reports, Roth simply couldn't go through with it.
"While I would love to be a world record holder, the thought of killing this beautiful animal was completely abhorrent to me," he told Shiffman. "I felt so fortunate to have hooked and landed this spectacular fish, killing it was always out of the question. Releasing this fish, and for me all fish, to keep the species healthy is a top priority for me. I always encourage all anglers to catch and release."