Great White Shark Leaps Into Australia Fisherman’s Boat
A great white shark jumped inside a 73-year-old fisherman’s boat — and he lived to tell the tale with little more than a skinned arm.
“I just caught a blur coming in the corner of my eye … and this thing hit me in the forearm, spun me round and knocked me off my feet,” Selwood told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
He recounted scrambling to safety as the shark was “thrashing around madly.”
When Selwood looked down, he said to himself: “There’s a shark in me boat!”
Selwood told NBC News in a phone interview Monday that he lost “a bit of skin” on his right forearm after the shark jumped onto his 15-foot long boat — leaving him bleeding.
“It was a bit dramatic,” the retired construction worker added.
“Oh my God, look at that! There’s a shark in your boat!” he quoted them as saying.
Bill Bates, the skipper of the rescue vessel that brought Selwood to safety, told NBC News that the incident was “totally out of the ordinary.”
He added: “We do get a lot of sharks in the area, but we don’t get sharks that have jumped onto boats.”
Despite his close encounter, Selwood said he’s eager to get back out on the water.
“I think next time I might find a crocodile to wrestle, just to stay in the limelight,” he joked.