You know how largemouth bass jump out of the water to strike your lure? Now imagine a 440-pound great white shark jumping out of the water, landing on your boat and then taking you out in the process.
That was the scenario 73-year-old Australian fisherman Terry Selwood found himself in while he was fishing offshore at Evans Head on the New South Wales north coast one blissfully calm afternoon.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal, the bloody thing just jumped in me boat!”
That was Selwood’s reaction to this crazy scenario, but don’t let his humble perspective fool you, this was a pretty big shark, and it made for one hilarious fishing tale. Selwood was interviewed by ABC Australia, and we could listen to him talk fishing all day. That video is below.
When the shark made its crash-landing onto Selwood’s 14-foot-long, 4-foot-wide boat, space instantly grew scarce for both he and the shark. Selwood sustained a few minor injuries, but was able to hustle up onto the gunnel where he was safe from the shark’s violent thrashing down on the deck.
Selwood was eventually rescued by local marine rescue volunteers after he contacted them via radio.
Here is the interview where Selwood describes this crazy scenario first hand:
“Well I’ll be buggered, there’s a shark in my boat!” Terry Selwood tells us how a 200kg great white shark ended up in his fishing boat. pic.twitter.com/HabXaDezkt
— ABC News (@abcnews) May 28, 2017
Since the incident, Selwood, who has been fishing for over 60 years, said he hadn’t experienced anything so dramatic before.
“I think next time I might find a crocodile to wrestle, just to stay in the limelight,” he said jokingly. You have to love the guy’s attitude!