It isn't uncommon for some people to go home after a day of fishing without a single catch. You shake it off and say, "Better luck next time." But when you work in commercial fishing, going home empty-handed isn't an option.
These multitaskers exercise different skills, from operating equipment to estimating quantifiable characteristics, to reach their daily goals. If you're dealing with a large quantity of fish, it takes more than casting a fishing rod or net. And although it isn't part of the job description, when you're working on the ocean sometimes you just have to prepare for the unexpected.
Take today's story for example. Commercial fishermen were trawling on the sea and when they raised their net onto the boat, thousands of fish came pouring out. But that wasn't all they found. They knew something was strange because the net was oddly shaped and heavier than usual.
As the fish leveled out onto the deck, a giant shark emerged. Scroll below for photos of their catch.
Commercial fishing is a controversial job for some due to its direct impact on marine life but it is a means of living for others.
Those who work in commercial fishing know it's a dangerous job but one that is full of adventure, rewards, and surprises.
It's never a boring day at the office, especially if your office is the ocean. In the past, fishermen have found everything from a sea lion to cocaine in their nets.
These group struggled to bring their net up. They are used to reigning in fish by the thousands but something about this catch was different.
As they pulled up the net, they realized they had just caught an enormous shark. See how it compares to the fish beneath it.
While some viewers might be impressed with this catch, animal rights activists see this as a reminder of how dangerous commercial fishing is for aquatic life and ecosystems.
We may fear sharks but they are actually in more danger than we are. This occurrence is not uncommon. A number of sharks are caught by fishermen who are looking for tuna, swordfish, or other types of fish. Many of these sharks are injured in the process and tossed back in the water and some of them don't survive.
While a catch like this might make for a great photo opportunity, it also makes us think about the fate of aquatic creatures.
With more and more sharks dying out, their prey — rays and skates, for example — are multiplying and altering the ecosystem.
If you're looking for a way to help, the organization Food is Power suggests: "The best and easiest way to make a difference for the ocean and its inhabitants is to refrain from eating fish or any other 'seafood' and follow a vegan diet.
"Also share with your friends and family how commercial fishing and fish farming harm animals and the ocean, and encourage them to eat plant-based foods instead."
Other people say this recommendation is too extreme. Let us know what you think in the comments section.