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Toothsome shark lands in the state record books

Shiloh Turner of Bentonia, Mississippi, set a state record for the finetooth shark.
Shiloh Turner of Bentonia, Mississippi, set a state record for the finetooth shark.

Shiloh Turner of Bentonia, Mississippi, set a new state record in the finetooth shark category, the state Department of Marine Resources announced Tuesday.

Turner caught the fish April 22. It weighed in at 46 pounds, 10.4 ounces, eclipsing the old mark of 34 pounds, 8.64 ounces set in July 2016.

The finetooth shark is a member of the requiem species. The small, slender fish is identified by its needle-like teeth. It feeds mainly on small bony fish such as menhaden.

The Commission on Marine Resources certified the record at its monthly meeting Tuesday.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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