Shark Jumps On-Board a Fishing Boat

A New Zealand fisherman got the shock of his life when a huge Mako shark flung itself on to the front of his fishing boat. In a real-life Jaws “you’re gonna need a bigger boat” encounter the shark can be seen thrashing abut on his windscreen. Amazingly the whole bizarre incident was captured on-camera.

Skipper Ryan Churches, owner of Churchy’s Charters in Whitianga, New Zealand was taking some passengers on a fishing trip when the Mako sharks landed on his boat. 

“The shark got caught on the bait and then suddenly leapt out of the water right onto the boat,” said skipper Churches.

The mako shark is one of nature’s greatest athletes. Made of pure lean muscle, they can hit speeds of over 70kmph, internally generate their own body heat to endure cold seas and leap over 6m above the water’s surface. 

“We were all shocked but everyone reacted better than I imagined,” continued the skipper.

“We were safe as we were protected by the windshield at the front. Lucky that the shark didn’t leap on the back of the boat as that is where everyone was fishing from so that would have been a different story – really dangerous.

“It was on the boat for more than two minutes …There’s nothing much we could do. We can’t go up the front to go near it because they go absolutely bonkers. We dropped the anchor down a little bit because it seemed to be holding it in place [on the boat]. He went absolutely bonkers again and pushed himself through the bow rail and slid back into the water. It wasn’t hurt so it was a happy outcome for everyone.

“My heart was racing – I had to sit down for a bit. Everyone was stunned. Then we took a few minutes, and then we just got back into fishing.”

Skipper Ryan Churches of Churchy’s Charters, Whitianga, New Zealand

Churches estimated the shark weighed 150 kilograms.

“It was crazy – this has never happened before – I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years of being on the water.”

The strange shark encounter took place in early November 2022.

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