Shark Meat Dinner

809-pound shark caught and served up to Texas poor and homeless

809-pound shark caught and served up to Texas poor and homeless

Tiger shark under boat
Tiger sharks don't usually have to worry about becoming food, but a Texas fisherman turned one into a meal for the homeless. Photo courtesy of

One unlucky 809-pound tiger shark caught in the Gulf of Mexico probably wasn’t expecting to have the food chain flipped on him.

KSAT News is reporting that Ryan Springs of San Antonio reeled in the shark while fishing five miles off the Texas coast near Port Aransas. It took him nearly seven hours to reel in the 12-foot-7-inch shark on Saturday, August 2. After it was finally caught, Springs decided to be generous with his epic catch.

Along with gifting some shark meat to friends and family, Springs donated 75 pounds of meat to Timon’s Ministries in Corpus Christi. Executive director Kae Berry told the San Antonio Express-News that it was the biggest amount of fish donated to the center. The meat was made into meals for more than 90 poor and homeless Texans.

In case you’re wondering how to prepare shark, Berry said that a volunteer chef simply breaded and baked the meat. According to Berry “most people enjoyed it,” which is good news since there are enough leftovers to prepare a shark meat stew for next week’s menu.