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How Long Do Sharks Live Out Of Water?

post #1 of 21
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Guys,

I've been noticing that some of the sharks me and my fishing buddies catch live for hours outside of the water. The other night we caught a shark around 8:00pm and well after 11:00pm the shark was still breathing(its gills were moving) Is this normal?
post #2 of 21
The gills may still be moving, but the likelihood of it surviving if you put it back in the water is slim.
post #3 of 21
Sharks are big bundles of nerves with fins. They can still bite you hours after they've died.
post #4 of 21
my rule with sharks is...
It isn't dead till it's on the grill.
Please be careful
post #5 of 21
Years ago we had a Mako hog tied to the bow for over 5 hours. The thing was still alive and had to be shot before boarding. It all depends on species, temp., fight time, ect.
post #6 of 21
with me and my knives around, not too long.
post #7 of 21
Not to sound like a tree-hugger but I usually stab anything im keeping in the head to hopefully brain kill the fish. It bothered me when we first started striper fishing on our boat and the fish would flop around in the ice box for a couple hours. I just figure I owe it to the fish. And as others said that shark was probably brain dead after a while but kept breathing because the rest of the nerves in its body were still alive. Bad things will happen when you least expect them. Thats a rule I live by especially when fishing.

John
post #8 of 21
When we were kids we walked a sand shark up the hill and put it in a "friends" pool, the thing lived for days until we returned it to the Sound. The only hardier fish is probably blackfish, those suckers live forever on ice.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by TF3 View Post
Years ago we had a Mako hog tied to the bow for over 5 hours. The thing was still alive and had to be shot before boarding. It all depends on species, temp., fight time, ect.



TF3,

Was this on your boat? Perhaps a happy surprise while looking for browns?
post #10 of 21
Dogfish seem to die quick
post #11 of 21
No Feev, I could hardly tie a bunker to my bow But, if I were to get a Mako today on my boat it would be released. Don't get me wrong, it would be a blast to chase that around and it's very possible, but I'm lookin for that Cobia first
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by TheSpaniard View Post
Not to sound like a tree-hugger but I usually stab anything im keeping in the head


Taken slightly out of context that is an awesome quote

I have seen some ANGRY blue sharks going for peoples ankles.

Japanese Tuna fishermen have a specially designed spike they drive through the cortex, works for me with a fishing knife if you are decisive enough but I can imagine needing a few goes on a big shark and it might start to look a little horror movie like.

Don't know why you would want to keep a shark but that is a different discussion.
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by TF3 View Post
No Feev, I could hardly tie a bunker to my bow But, if I were to get a Mako today on my boat it would be released. Don't get me wrong, it would be a blast to chase that around and it's very possible, but I'm lookin for that Cobia first



Had a killer year chasin browns in the kayak. You'll get that cobia, there seem to be more around every year. Last year heard of 8 cruising around a bell buoy in your fishing neighborhood, maybe a bit further offshore though.
post #14 of 21
And I agree that the mako is possible. You'd be surprised at what's lurking under those schools near the beach.
post #15 of 21
Till the die.
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