A 73-year-old fisherman on Australia's north coast has been left with a bloody arm and a damaged boat after a 200kg, 2.7-metre long great white shark leapt out of the ocean into his fishing boat.
Terry Selwood was fishing on Saturday, trying to catch snapper at Evans Head on the New South Wales north coast, when the monstrous shark jumped over the motor of his boat and onto the floor, hitting Selwood with its pectoral fin.
"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 gunnel; I was losing a fair amount of blood," Selwood told ABC North Coast.
Unable to enter the main part of his boat (because, y'know, there was a 2.7-metre long shark in it) Selwood called the Marine Rescue Unit, which promptly arrived and took him to shore before returning and dealing with the shark-boat situation.
"It won't deter me from fishing, no way in the world," said Selwood.
In the ABC interview Selwood gave a great insight into everything that went through his head when the shark popped up in his boat.
"I don't think it's a big deal, the bloody thing just jumped in my boat," he said.
Selwood's first thoughts when he came face-to-face with the great white were pretty similar to what most of us would think: "Well I'll be buggered, there's a shark in me boat."
The crazy photo of the shark in Selwood's boat has been shared over 2,000 times on the ABC Facebook, and was also posted in the Evans Head Notice Board Facebook group, where it first started attracting attention.
Unfortunately, the great white died, and the Department of Primary Industries was called on to use a fork lift to extract the shark from Selwood's boat.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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