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Catalog Number 2007.011.001
Caption Basking Shark
Description 31', 5-ton basking shark Bill Lowman caught in his net aboard the 33' ZIG ZAG, and had to tow it back to town. A fishing boat named "VIOLET RAY is tied up at the dock near the strung up shark. "Tuck Davis (crane operator) had to leap from the cab of the crane attempting to raise the shark. The weight of the huge fish tipped the crane, causing it to teeter periously on the dock and for one moment appeared to be heading for a plunge with Davis aboard, into the Guemes Channel. Davis quickly released the lines holding the shark in suspension, thus avoiding a possible tragic aftermath to the netting of the fish by Anacortes gilnetter Bill Lowman." ... [as found in the ANACORTES AMERICAN article]. It was brought into dock at the Farwest Fisheries, Inc. Was caught near Bird Rocks. According to the back of the photograph, another source called it a Texas Bullhead Shark.

Left to right:
Jim McLachlan, Mick McLachlan, Ed Childs. Man to far left (white hat can be seen + hand on piling) is Harvey Melvin of Anacortes.

also see images 2009.008.006; WF 6076.007.005 and WF 6076.007.006
Date 1960 Aug
Subjects Natural History - Fauna
Credit line Donated by Jim McLachlan
People CHILDS, Ed G.
LOWMAN, Will Perry "Bill"
MELVIN, Harvey
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms Basking Shark
Violet Ray
Object Name Print, Photographic, copy