Large butterfly ray caught off Ocean County shore

LAVELLETE, N.J. (WPVI) -- It wasn't what Nick Honachefsky was expecting to catch on the shores of Lavellete, Ocean County, but it's making waves across the internet.

On Sunday night, Honachefsky and his friends found a butterfly ray.

The Villanova University graduate described the ray as 6-feet wide and approximately 150 pounds.

"These massive creatures are gentle giants with a tiny tail," Honachefsky said.

Honachefsky said the ray was sent right back into the water after the hook was removed.

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