National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

It's been over a decade since the National Marine Fisheries Service prohibited commercial fishing of the great white shark and established a catch-and-release policy for recreational fisherman. The species—which has terrified beach-goers and anyone on a banana boat since 1975—is considered threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

That's all not very good news for one fisherman, who may be in big trouble after he failed to release a great white during a shark-fishing tournament in Montauk last weekend. Federal officials are now investigating whether charges will be brought against the man (who remains anonymous), according to Newsday.

A spokeswoman for NOAA says marine biologists were on hand to monitor illegal catches, but the man who caught the 300-400 lb. shark allegedly misidentified it. Under law he is subject to civil litigation or a fine.