Great white shark shocks fisherman
MUHAMMAD A. NAJIEB, Portland imam SYDNEY: An elderly Australian fisherman received a nasty shock after a great white shark leapt into his boat, surviving with only an injured arm after he was sent flying by the thrashing beast.
Terry Selwood, 73, was enjoying some quiet time on the water off Evans Head in northern New South Wales state when the shark paid him a surprise visit.
“I caught a blur of something coming over the boat ... and the shark’s pectoral fin hit me on the forearm and spun me around, knocked me down on the ground to my hands and knees,” he said on Saturday.
The shark was 2.7m in length, and with the boat 1.4m across and 4.5m long, it was a squeeze.
“There I was on all fours and he’s looking at me and I’m looking at him and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I couldn’t get out quick enough onto the gunwale,” Selwood said, referring to the upper edge of the boat.
“I looked down and I thought ‘I’ll be buggered... there’s a shark in me boat’.”
He managed to grab his radio and called local marine rescue volunteers, who plucked him from the boat and took him ashore, where he was treated for skin torn off his arm. AFP
It was a tight squeeze for the 2.7m great white shark in the small deck of Australian Terry Selwood’s fishing boat.