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12-year-old catches Florida record bull shark

1/3/2008

WEST PALM BEACH — A 12-year-old Connecticut boy may be the new Florida state record holder for catching the heaviest bull shark.

Aidan Murray Medley had spent a half day at sea Tuesday when he reeled in the 551-pound bull shark just north of the Palm Beach Inlet.

The seventh-grader was in Palm Beach County on vacation with his family. They plan to submit his catch for a new state record.

Florida wildlife officials say the current record set in 1981 was a 517-pound catch at Panama City Beach.