MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – What a catch! A viewer sent in a photo of himself posing with an eight-foot shark he says he caught in Myrtle Beach.
The photo was sent in on April 9 by Austin Swiderski, who said it was an eight-foot Atlantic sharpnose shark he caught on the beach in Myrtle Beach.
However, Atlantic sharpnose sharks typically reach a maximum length of three to four feet.
The shark is actually a sandbar shark, according to Tim Handel, the Director of Husbandry, at Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach.
Sandbar sharks, also known as thickskin or brown sharks, are among the largest coastal sharks in the world, with females growing as large as 6.6 to 8.2 feet, according to data from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which lists it as a vulnerable species. They are typically found in muddy or sandy bottoms in shallow coastal waters.