Marine Artist Shark Encounter Dennis Friel
Q:What’s the biggest shark you’ve ever caught?
A:I caught a 7-Foot hammerhead while tarpon fishing at Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys.
Q:What’s the biggest you’ve seen?
A:I once saw what must have been a 10-foot hammerhead run through a dolphin school we were fishing some years back. We were on a 17-foot Boston Whaler so perhaps it looked bigger than it really was.
Q:Where have you seen the most sharks?
A:Two years ago during their annual migration. Sharks were thick as thieves from Melbourne to Jupiter. Probably up and down the entire coast.
Q:Have you ever been bitten?
A:No, thank God.
Q:What species would you call your favorite?
A:It would have to be the mako since it’s a fantastic fighting fish. I am also one for speed and the mako definitely qualifies in that category.
Q:What is your least favorite shark?
A:As an artist who paints many species I think they are all amazing.
Q:Please tell the story of your most memorable shark encounter?
A:In high school many years ago while surfing up near Sebastian Inlet, Florida, a bull shark tore through a “something” about twenty feet behind me, just past the break. I don’t think I ever paddled to shore so fast in my life. With my feet in the air of course.