Back story – not really fact-finding, but close enough.
GALVESTON , TX
While the ocean vessel ‘Dawn Raider’ was a commercial fishing boat, this
Great White was hooked in the mouth but only resisted slightly for 15
minutes before it came up alongside the boat to have a look; long enough for
one of the crew members to slip a rope a round it’s tail !!! ‘And that’s
when things heated up!!
The Shark took off towing the 42 foot fishing boat
backwards through the water at about 7 Knots. Just like in JAWS, the boat
was taking on water over the stern and the crew watched in horror as the
shark would actually jump completely out of the water at times. This went on
for an hour before the shark finally drowned. She weighed in at 1035 LBS. It
is suspected she followed a weak El Nino current into local waters in search
Although mid 60 degree water is considered ideal for these sharks,
the larger ones can tolerate water in the low 50s.