A juvenile white shark measuring 5-6 feet was hooked Monday night on Manhattan Beach Pier by an angler who was adamant about illegally hauling the catch up onto the pier.
Eric Martin and Val Hill, biologists who work at Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium at the end of the pier, witnessed the attempted capture and Martin, against strong objection from the angler, ultimately managed to cut the line.
White sharks are protected in California. Unlawful take and possession is a misdemeanor and those in violation face possible jail time and large fines.
Martin said he had a difficult time getting this point across to the angler, who spoke little English.
Martin had a policeman on the line while confronting the angler and his friends.
Juvenile white sharks frequent Southern California coastal waters during the summer months. They feed largely on small fishes and rays and pose no significant threat to humans.
Last August an angler fell under investigation by the state Department of Fish and Game after rope-gaffing and hauling a white shark onto Huntington Beach Pier. That event was captured on video, which is posted below.
Hopefully wardens will find the time to visit some of the Southland piers and monitor the fishing activity. Several shark sightings are made each summer from Manhattan Beach Pier.