Some fishermen were doing their thing off the coast of the United Arab Emirates when their ordinary day suddenly took an extraordinary turn.
A short-finned Mako shark, locally referred to as the “wolf shark,” not only attacked but also boarded the fishing vessel, much to the surprise of the fishing crew, according to Emirates 24/7.
The shark was estimated to weigh around two tons and measured about 13 feet long. Mako sharks are known to be capable of jumping nearly 16 feet up out of the water, which is how the shark was able to get into the boat.
“Fortunately, the shark hit a barrier and fell in the middle,” reported the boat’s captain, Hamza Hamid Al Shara. “We managed to catch it and one of our crew members got injured in the bargain.”
The crew was able to escape the incident without any serious injuries, with the head of the Fujairah Fisherman’s Association, Mahmoud Hamid Al Sahra, calling them all quite lucky.
The deputy head of the association, Khalifa Massoud, claimed that this incident is the first of its kind, at least in regard to the size of the shark and fierceness of the attack.
Mako sharks, once fairly common in the region, have not been seen in large numbers for some time, but have been making something of a resurgence in the area lately, as the temperate and tropical waters off the coast of the UAE provide an appropriate habitat for the sharks.
The sharks are generally non-aggressive and migratory in nature, and only attack humans like swimmers, divers and fishermen when they feel they are about to be caught or attacked themselves.
H/T Free Republic
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