Sam Gerson, a Florida-based doctor and hearty man of the sea, pulled in a disgustingly massive goliath grouper while fishing off the coast of Cape Canaveral on Monday, July 27.
According to Huffington Post, Gerson's fishing guide estimated the whopper weighed at least 300 pounds and was likely more than 50 years old.
"I dropped my line in and within seconds of hitting bottom, I felt a strong jerk. As I started reeling in, the rod bent until the tip was almost in the water. Soon I wasn’t reeling, but instead holding on for dear life as line was running out of the spool at an alarming speed," Gerson told The Huffington Post.
His friends affectionately named the grouper "Dinosaur" and snapped this photo of Gerson swimming alongside the sea beast before letting it go. "I was able "I was able to swim along side this beautiful animal and even touch its huge scales. After a few minutes of this close encounter, it was time to cut the line and let our new friend return to his world, where he is the undisputed king. A few powerful strokes of the tail and he was gone," said Gerson to Huffington Post.