Wow, can you just imagine fishing and then suddenly finding yourself underneath a massive shark? One fisherman experienced this scenario, and boy will he have one heck of a fish tale!
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)
Terry Selwood, a 73-year-old Australian fisherman was out on his 15-foot boat when he encountered an extremely rare and terrifying event. As he floated near Evans Head, just north of Sydney, a shark charged his boat and somehow landed INSIDE the boat.
It struck him with its pectoral fin before landing on him, he told the Associated Press on Monday.
Selwood said he got up and went to the gunnel at the bow of the boat while the 9-foot shark viciously flopped in the vessel.
“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.
Selwood steadied himself by clinging to the tubular metal frame of the sun shelter, known as a bimini.
After he was able to steady himsel on the gunnel, he radioed the Evans Head last guard and stayed put until the rescuers arrived. While Selwood suffered from bleeding in his right arm and bruises, he is expected to be just fine.
Sky News reports:
The experienced seaman said he had never seen anything like it before.
“I’ve had ’em come up and brush the side of my boat, I’ve had a white pointer swim around my boat, I’ve had ’em take fish off my line, but I’ve never had one do this,” he said.
The boat and shark, which died in the boat, were later towed back to land.
Mr Selwood said he would return to the fishing spot, which he has used for more than 50 years, but will need to replace some of his destroyed equipment first.
He didn’t blame the creature for the destruction, however, saying: “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.”
He is a braver man than me! Just hearing this story makes me want to avoid open waters in a small boat! Yikes!