Florida Fisherman Nabs 800-Pound Stingray Off Miami Beach

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Mark Quartiano has drawn many comparisons to famous fishermen throughout history. In August 1991, Life magazine called him a modern Captain Ahab. Exactly 20 years later, author Juliet Eilperin coined the name Captain Quint (from Jaws) for him. But Quartiano didn't make waves this weekend over a shark or a whale. This time he caught an 800-pound stingray off Miami Beach.

The 59-year-old, who goes by "Mark the Shark," was filming for a Japanese TV show when he dropped a whole bonito into the water. He hoped to catch his namesake creature for the cameras. At first he thought he had succeeded: Whatever was at the end of his line acted a whole lot like a thresher shark. But after reeling for four hours, Quartiano hauled up a creature that looked more like a dinosaur than a fish.

Originally, he thought it was a hookskate. Local 10 reported that this elusive creature trolls the bottom of the ocean at depths up to 1,000 feet. Very little is known about this particular skate, and the discovery would have been a big deal for those who want to study the data-deficient species if it been the genuine article.

Later, by looking at photographs, George H. Burgess of the Florida History Museum identified the creature as a roughtail stingray. This ray preys on bony fish and has a venomous tail that is dangerous to humans.

On his website, Quartiano warns, "Some photos on this fishing site may not be suitable for very small children, the faint-hearted, or PETA members." Another message reads, "We DON'T fly release flags upside down on our riggers, but we DO hang fish upside down on our gallows!"

The roughtail stingray apparently escaped the fate of most creatures that find their way onto Mark the Shark's deck. Quartiano tagged the behemoth and threw it back into the ocean.

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28 comments
Dave Gates
Dave Gates

No doubt Rock Boat. Biggest rapist of the oceans resources. Complete asshole with no regard for anything or anyone on the water.

Rock Boat
Rock Boat

@Corey - The people commenting know all about Mark and also know that if you hang a fish from a rope in order to take pictures it's almost certainly going to die. So, know offense, but don't be fooled by this grandstanding a-hole.

Michael Feigin
Michael Feigin

bringin up something from the deep with electric fishing reels and hanging like that, seriously doubt that creature lived ....

Jan Dedeurwaerder
Jan Dedeurwaerder

I saw this thing during high tide last week on Alton Rd between 10th and 11th.

Corey Sean Ricketts
Corey Sean Ricketts

Can anyone commenting actually read? They tagged it and released it back into the ocean.

Peter Diaz
Peter Diaz

Good idea, kill it for a photo. Dumb asses.

Carolina Tannhauser
Carolina Tannhauser

I saw these on nat geo as they unveiled the myth of the giant stingrays supposedly swooping people away from the shallow fresh waters of the east, Thailand maybe. Didn't know a saltwater species existed.

Teresa Carey
Teresa Carey

Well, it looked as big as the one in the pic! Lol

Teresa Carey
Teresa Carey

I've seen that stingray swimming in SoBe! Hope they set it free

Patrick Parise
Patrick Parise

I wish they posted an even smaller photo than the one they used. Heaven forbid we get a close up of the "dinosaur' of a fish.

Shane Mudek
Shane Mudek

Katie Olson This is the kind you DON'T want to swim with... :)

Megan Burgin
Megan Burgin

Victoria Muniz wanna go to the beach and swim ? Lmao

cobaltblu
cobaltblu

Killing a 800 lb Stingray is good for whom?

Naomi Preston
Naomi Preston

Atleast he returned it back to the ocean. Handclap for that too.

Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas

Very glad they returned it to the ocean :)

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