Boaters free shark from railing after it jumps onto their boat

Colin Fredericson
By Colin Fredericson
July 28, 2017USshare

A group of boaters in Long Island, New York, were startled by the surprise-visit of a mako shark, after it allegedly jumped onto their boat, according to a video of the incident. In the video, the mako can be seen lodged in the boat’s railing.

The shark appears to be caught on a fishing line—as thrashes about yanking on the line, blood starts flowing out of its open mouth (WARNING: May be disturbing to some).


Fortunately the boat occupants, after calming down, managed to help free the shark, and get it back down into the water.

According to Discovery, Mako sharks are fearsome hunters—they are the fastest sharks in the sea. They are so fast, in fact, that they sometimes breach the surface, jumping as high as 20 feet in the air while vertically pursuing their prey.

Besides tunafish, mako sharks also dine on dolphins and porpoises, using their razor sharp teeth to bite and tear at the flesh of their sizable prey. Fortunately none of that happened on the boat, and this mako wasn’t nearly the size these fish can get, such as the 12-foot, 926-pound mako caught off New Jersey on July 22, as reported by NJ.com

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