Wild Video: Massive Shark Jumps On The Front Of A Fishing Boat

Shark Jump

You don’t see a mako shark leap out of the water and land on your boat every day.

Video uploaded on Nov. 6 shows a large mako shark leaping out of the water and landing on the front of the boat, startingle and stun people on a fishing charter off Whitianga, New Zealand.

A person can be heard speaking on a video aboard Churchys Charters NZ, “It’s on the boat.” Ryan Churches, owner of the company, said they were looking for kingfish when a mako shark took the bait. After becoming hooked, the shark leapt from the water in an aerial display.

“There isn’t much we can do,” Churches said. “We can’t go up front because they go absolutely bonkers.”

As Churches and his passengers counted their blessings that the shark did not leap to the back of the boat, the shark managed to wriggle free unharmed.

According to Oceana, the shortfin mako shark can grow up to 12 feet long and weigh at least 1,200 pounds. It has a top speed of 45 mph, making it the fastest shark in the world.

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