Boy catches shark in Fort Lauderdale (includes video story)

A Great White Shark was reeled in this week in Fort Lauderdale waters by a 12-year-old boy. 

On Tuesday, Campbell Keenan went fishing with his family and caught an almost 11-foot shark. 

“I was definitely scared, I was wondering if I really wanted to fight a shark,” said Keenan.
It took Keenan about 45 minutes to reel in the big fish and needed help from his family to make sure he stayed onboard. 

“My friend Katie and I had to hold Campbell in to make sure he didn’t fly out of the boat,” said Colleen Keenan, the 12-year-old boy’s mother. 

The great white shark, named JAN JAN by Keenan, was tagged and released back into the ocean.

Keenan, a Massachusetts resident, was in Florida this week with his family to attend his sister’s hockey tournament and has now returned home. 

Elena Key is a broadcast journalism student at FIU. She currently works at FIU's student newspaper, PantherNOW, as a staff writer. She works for both the News and Entertainment section. Alongside working in news, Elena aspires to be able to work in entertainment news in the future as a reporter and TV personality. She hopes to make an impact in the lives of others through journalism.