The news will no doubt create a slew of controversy on the ethics of keeping big fish, especially since shark populations are depleted. As every angler knows, each time we hook a fish we make a decision to release or keep our catch. And many fishermen are aware that the largest fish are often females. "If I had gotten it to the boat and thought that it wasn't the world record, I would have just cut it loose," says Dennis. "Likewise, if I could have weighed it at sea and released it, I absolutely would have. But if I had taken just the length and girth and come in and said, 'I caught the world record,' no one would have believed me. I'll be honest, I wanted the fish properly documented. After all, catching a fish like that was something that no one else had ever done."