Great white shark caught off Oregon Coast

Great white shark caught off Oregon Coast

DEPOE BAY, Ore. -- A 12-foot shark brought in to Depoe Bay on Saturday has been confirmed as a great white shark.

The shark was brought in by a recreational tuna boat. A YouTube video captured the scene.

An Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division trooper working the docks contacted the occupants of the boat after they had already gutted the shark. They told the trooper the shark had become entangled in their crab gear and was pulled to the surface when they pulled in a crab pot.

The trooper, believing the shark to be a great white, seized the shark.

Under State and Federal law, it is unlawful to take or possess great white sharks. The investigation is ongoing.

The shark was released to the Hatfield Marine Science Center on Sunday and positively identified as a great white by the National Marine Fisheries Service and ODFW.