As a fisherman and charter boat captain in South Carolina, Chip Michalove hooks large sharks on a regular basis. However he’s hoping his newest catch will assist to resolve a deadly hit-and-run case that occurred in 2016.
On Wednesday of final week, Capt. Michalove, the proprietor of Outcast Sport Fishing, caught his first nice white shark of the yr off the coast of Hilton Head Island.
“It was too rough to get out so we stayed in close and had this big lady show up at 10:30 yesterday,” he wrote on Fb final week, along with a photograph of the 15-foot, 2,800-pounder alongside the boat. Michalove added that he tagged and took tissue samples of the shark for monitoring and analysis functions.
Earlier than releasing it again into the ocean, he additionally gave it a reputation.
“We’re naming her Grace, after an aspiring marine biologist Grace Sulak that was killed in a hit and run [on] May 7, 2016 on I-26,” he wrote within the Fb publish.
In naming the shark Grace, nevertheless, Michalove is aiming to do greater than merely pay tribute. Sulak, 14, died that Might night after a white pickup truck — believed to be a Dodge Ram 2500 — ran her good friend’s mom off the street. Sulak, who was contained in the automobile together with her good friend Emma, died immediately when the automobile subsequently struck a tree.
Michalove is now hoping to resume curiosity within the case, and probably get some solutions.
“I’ve seen that these sharks, if it’s a giant one, they go viral,” Michalove advised Fox Information. “And I remembered the story of Grace, from a number of years in the past, and the way they by no means discovered the driving force from the hit and run … So I believed, let’s power this story to get the eye the household deserves.”
Certainly, a variety of Michalove’s catches do find yourself going viral. In Dec. 2018, he made headlines for catching a “monster” 17-foot great white shark. He did it once more in Jan. 2019, after catching a 15-footer he in comparison with “hooking an elephant.”
First, although, Michalove needed to get permission from Grace’s mother and father — resulting in the “most nerve-wracking telephone name” he’d ever made in his life, he tells Fox Information.
“I called them the night of, before I went public with the shark and put it on social media,” he said. “They thought it was fantastic, and that Grace would love it.”
Michalove can be hoping to sweeten the deal by providing a prize for anybody who can positively establish the driving force of that Dodge Ram.
“I provided a free great-white tagging journey to anybody who can work out who did this. And after I did that, it appeared prefer it kicked [interest] up one other notch.”
Sulak’s mom, Kristen, advised South Carolina’s The State that she was moved by Michalove’s gesture, and hopes one thing good will come of it.
“It’s all the time there, it simply gnaws at you,” she advised the paper, including that fixing the case may assist to “end that chapter” for the grieving household.