Catch of the Day: Great White Shark Jumps on Fisherman’s Boat! #shark #GreatWhite #CatchOfTheDay

Yikes. What a day for this Australian fisherman!

In this Sunday, May 28, 2017 photo released by Lance Fountain, a 2.7-meter (9-foot) great white shark lays on the deck of a fishing boat at Evans Head, Australia. Fisherman Terry Selwood said Monday, May 29, that he was left with a badly bruised and bleeding right arm where the airborne shark struck him with a pectoral fin as it landed on him on the deck. (Lance Fountain via AP)

As reported by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press on May 29, 2017:

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 73-year-old Australian fisherman said Monday that he caught a far bigger fish than he hoped for when a 2.7-meter (9-foot) great white shark leapt into his boat, knocking him off his feet.

Terry Selwood was left with a badly bruised and bleeding right arm where the airborne shark struck him with a pectoral fin as it landed on him on the deck of the 15-foot power boat Saturday off Evans Head, 450 miles north of Sydney.

Selwood sprung up on the gunnel at the bow of the boat to avoid the thrashing shark and steadied himself by clinging to the tubular metal frame of the sun shelter, known as a bimini.

“I didn’t give it a chance to look me in the eyes. I wanted to get up and get on top of the gunnel because it was thrashing around madly,” Selwood told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“Flash Gordon wouldn’t have caught me,” he said, referring to the athletic science fiction comic book hero of the 1930s.

Selwood used a hand-held radio to call the Evans Head coast guard and stayed on the gunnel until a rescue boat arrived.

In this Sunday, May 28, 2017 photo released by Lance Fountain, a 2.7-meter (9-foot) great white shark lays on the deck of a fishing boat at Evans Head, Australia. Fisherman Terry Selwood said Monday, May 29, that he was left with a badly bruised and bleeding right arm where the airborne shark struck him with a pectoral fin as it landed on him on the deck. (Lance Fountain via AP)The coast guard took Selwood to paramedics at Evans Head, where his badly swollen arm was cleared of any fracture.

Coast guard skipper Bill Bates said he misread the danger when Selwood reported his predicament.

“He said, ‘I’m injured, I’ve broken my arm, I’ve got lacerations and there’s a shark in my boat,’” Bates said.

“Often a fisherman will bring a small shark on board — maybe 2 or 3 feet (up to 1 meter) — and they’re still ferocious. That’s what I was expecting, but I was totally wrong,” he added.

The coast guard crew rescued Selwood, but left the shark alone. The shark was estimated to weigh 200 pounds.

“The shark was thrashing inside the boat, taking up the entire deck area — there was no way you’d put a foot in there,” Bates said.

The coast guard later towed Selwood’s boat with the shark into Evans Head just before nightfall.

“We think it was already dead at that stage, but no one was game to put their finger in to find out,” Bates said.

Why the shark flung itself over the motor and into the anchored boat is a mystery.

Selwood said he was sitting on a cooler, known generically in Australia by the popular brand name Esky, with two hand lines off the port and starboard sides of the boat when he saw one of the lines move as if a fish was hooked.

“I hopped up off the Esky, I touched the hand line and I just caught a blur coming in the corner of me eye and just out of instinct,” Selwood said. “I threw me right arm up and this thing hit me in the forearm and spun me around and knocked me off me feet.”

“This thing was beside me and I looked over and thought, ‘Oh, a bloody shark.’ So I just climbed — he was doing a mad dance around, he was thrashing everywhere,” he added.

Selwood said he’ll have to replace destroyed equipment, including buckets and coolers, before returning to the fishing spot he’s visited for more than 50 years.

“He didn’t do anything structural to me boat, it just smashed anything that was in his road. You can understand, he was a wild creature out of his comfort zone,” Selwood said.

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It’s too bad that they didn’t get that shark back into the water. Sad that he/she died. But how could they have pulled 200 lbs of thrashing Great White off the boat? I don’t know. Could they have??

On another note: Apparently there’s a new movie a la Jaws coming out next month. I haven’t seen it advertised at all but I definitely want to see 47 Meters Down!

 

How do you feel about sharks? Have you ever been up close and personal with a shark? Are you a fan of the Steven Spielberg movie Jaws? Do you plan to see 47 Meters Down?

 

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12 thoughts on “Catch of the Day: Great White Shark Jumps on Fisherman’s Boat! #shark #GreatWhite #CatchOfTheDay

  1. I feel very sorry for the shark but I’m not sure how they could have got him out of the boat. I bet that fisherman has nightmares after that experience, just like I’m going to after watching that film trailer. I remember the first time I saw Jaws, I was about 10 and it scared me so much and made me very nervous to go swimming so I don’t think I’ll be watching 47 meters down.

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    • Yeah, Jaws was so awesome! I read the book and then saw the movie. Both were incredible. I’m totally scared to go swimming in the ocean. I won’t. It freaks me out. With global warming, sharks are moving closer in to shore and hanging out in shallow waters. My folks live on the coast of NC and there are always shark sightings and warnings not to go in the water. Nope, won’t catch me in the water…

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  2. What a wild story! Don’t people eat shark? If they were able to get him out soon after he died, then he was a great catch. I saw Jaws when I was in high school. It scared me half to death, but I loved it. I don’t know enough about the new movie to decide if I want to see it.

    Love,
    Janie

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    • I think some people eat shark, not sure if Great White though. I know there’s the shark-fin industry which is absolutely horrid and I’m always signing petitions against it. Makes me so angry!
      I’m definitely going to see the new movie so I’ll let you know how it is Janie…

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  3. That is quite the story and that is one huge shark. He’s lucky he wasn’t more injured than he was. Thankfully, I have never met a shark up close nor will I Ever! I do like Jaws but it took a few years for me to see this film. This trailer scared the hell out of me which is why I will never ever be in that predicament.

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    • A friend of mine went shark diving (in the cage) and loved it. I’d be too scared I think…of exactly the thing that happens in tgat trailer. I’d plummet to the bottom of the ocean and die of hysteria….

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  4. What a nightmare story! I can’t think of any way to remove the shark from the boat without losing a body part. 😮 The movie looks frightening! Shark diving? Um, no thanks. The original Jaws was good, but the sequels, not so much.

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    • I agree, the Jaws sequels certainly didn’t come close to measuring up to the original. That was a groundbreaking movie back then with that mechanical shark. It’s still good all these years later. I’ll watch it occasionally when it comes on TV. I even bought the Jaws soundtrack album back then 😐
      Thanks for stopping by Debbie.

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  5. I’m somewhat indifferent about sharks, but I also try to stay out of the ocean. A lot of shark sightings have been reported off our coasts here of late. Another good reason for me to avoid the beach.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • And you’ve seen those reports of shark sightings increase dramatically over the years right? Decades ago you hardly heard of sharks being so close to shore. Yeah, count me out of the ocean. Not even in waist-deep water will I go…

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  6. That movie looks like something I’d absolutely love! Yes, big fan of the original Jaws film… Though, as an animal rights activist I do realize how much these films skew the reality of marine wildlife. I’m an avid scuba diver, and I know first-hand how rare shark attacks actually are. We’ve encroached on their environment, we’ve depleted their food sources, and then we complain they’re coming closer to ‘our’ shores… *sigh*. Yes, very sad about the shark in the Australian news story… But, yeah, a shark that size would be rather complicated to maneuver back into the water without a crane and some tranquilizers. And really weird that he jumped out into the boat, too. Maybe… suicide? 😉

    It’s been a while, friend. I’m looking forward to catching up with your blog 🙂
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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    • Guilie!! So so nice to hear from you! It’s been ages, Girl! Where you been??
      Thanks for stopping by! Sure hope to catch up with you. Come back real soon … Don’t be a stranger!

      And I gotta say: your suggestion that the Great White jumped the boat in a (successful) suicide attempt: LOL! Yep, that made me laugh out loud… 🙂

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