When Noe Campos casts his line off the Venice Fishing pier, he never knows what could happen.
"When we hook something, it could turn out to be anything," he said.
Last Saturday, he and a group of buddies hooked a female hammerhead. At one point during the 2 hour-plus fight, the 12 footer became stuck on the pier's piling, so Campos did the unthinkable.
"I jumped in the water, swam to her unwrapped her, put a tail wrap to get her to beach to get hook out," he said.
But that isn't even the craziest part of the story. Once they got her on land, they realized she was pregnant. She had also been bitten by another shark.
"Pretty life changing – really pretty much made me think different," said Andrew Weedman.
Mom wouldn't make it, but these fisherman weren't about to let the pups die, too. One by one, they rescued more than 20 baby sharks, putting them back into the water.
"It was an amazing experience. It was a blessing to see something like that," said Ashely Travis.
"It's sad because it died, but in the outcome, we at least saved the babies for the next generation of sharks," Campos said.