OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) - Shark sightings are usually enough to send swimmers and beachgoers scurrying, but not one guy affectionately known as “Shark Tony.” Equipped with only his kayak, he goes looking for them.
Shark Tony was about 200 yards off the 58th Street pier when he found a shark Wednesday evening in Ocean City, New Jersey.
“I mean, they’re all up and down here. They’re always there. The sharks don’t bite people or else you couldn’t swim. But I just like to go out and watch the sun set and see if I can catch fish,” he said.
It wasn’t just any fish. It was a seven-foot long dusky shark – a frightening site for many – another day’s fishing for Shark Tony who catches the sharks and then releases them.
“Right around this time, they’re all around here and I just like to pull them up, get a picture and let them go,” he said.
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Dusky sharks are not man-eaters, which brings many comfort.
“I know that they’re out there all the time and they’re apart of nature. But we’re not on their menu, I guess you can say,” one beachgoer said.
Shark Tony heads out every evening on his kayak, looking for sharks and folks nearby always wait to see what his next big catch will be.