(Meredith) -- Video shows the moment a 21-year-old college student reeled in a 400-pound shark off the coast of New York.

TJ Minutillo captured the bull shark in the waters off Nickerson Beach on July 25 after a two-hour-long fight, WPIX-TV reported. 

But he didn't keep the big catch. His two friends, Thomas Butcher and Will Theo, helped him release the shark back into the ocean.

"We are catch and release guys," said Theo. "They belong in the water. They're chilling. They're not bothering anyone."

Theo said keeping the shark would be like "taking someone out of their house and killing them because they’re aggressive."

Minutillo, a student at Clemson University in South Carolina, said he began fishing at the age of three. He estimates he's caught roughly 300 sandbar sharks, which are smaller and less aggressive than other species.

On the other hand, bull sharks are considered very aggressive and dangerous. 

Information from WPIX-TV via CNN Newsource contributed to this story.

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