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Trappers catch bull shark in Florida pond

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A trapper holds a small bull shark caught in a pond in Indian Harbour Beach, FL (Source: Central Florida News 13/CNN) A trapper holds a small bull shark caught in a pond in Indian Harbour Beach, FL (Source: Central Florida News 13/CNN)

 

INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FL (Central Florida News 13/CNN) - After a week of trying, Florida fisherman snagged a baby bull shark in a pond.

Trappers strung a large net in the pond hoping to lure the shark in with bait while another large crowd gathered at Gleason Park to watch.

The trappers then had to act quickly to get the little shark into water where it would be safe.

"They are pretty brave going into the water with the shark," said 11-year-old Heather Kraus.

One of the trappers donned a SCUBA mask and scanned underwater, and they deployed bird-scaring fireworks to force the animal to the surface.

Within five minutes, trappers caught the shark in a hand-held net.

The team drove it over to the nearest boat ramp on the Indian River, just a half mile away. There they cut a hook out of its mouth, possibly the one used by whoever had caught the shark, and put it in the pond.

Moments later, the 3.5-pound female was let go into the waters of the river.

The volunteer who caught the shark had been there with the rest of the crew overnight.

"I feel great," Steven Henson said. "I've been shark fishing since I was 14 years old."

For the city of Indian Harbour Beach, the experience has been a celebration of community, according to City Manager Mark Ryan.

He's glad the shark is back to its natural habitat.

The team who caught "Sushi" had a celebratory plunge in the pond they had spent so much time in.

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