One of my favorite things to do is go off-shore fishing. I don't get to go enough but really enjoy it when I can. But one thing I have never had happen or heard of is a shark jumping on board! Well it happened off the coast of Maine.
A group of high-school boys and their dads were treated to a scene straight out of “Jaws,” when a mako shark jumped from the ocean into their charter fishing boat, according to stunning video of the incident.
The families and crew were on a shark fishing expedition off the Maine coast in August when the incident began with the mako shark chomping on the bait.
As it leapt out of the water to escape the fishing line, it landed on the deck of the 38-foot boat.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration notes that mako sharks can grow up to 13 feet long and weight up to 1,200 pounds. It is a fast-swimming, migratory species that swims up to 30 miles per day. They are also surprisingly acrobatic– it is not unheard of for one to somersault onto a fishing vessel.
Luckily, the Lady Anne mako was tagged and released back to the ocean.
Speaking to The Post Wednesday morning, Captain Dave Sinclair said the incident “happened so fast.”
“We’ve handled a lot of sharks over the years, but makos are special– they tend to act wild and crazy.
“It was pretty wild and stunning to watch.”
Based in St. George, Maine, Sea Ventures Charters specializes in sport fishing, diving expeditions, and other maritime adventures.
The Lady Anne incident came as the tail end of a landmark season for sharks. Just last week, The Post reported on a Pennsylvania resident who was killed by a bull shark on a Bahamas snorkeling excursion.