Shark leaps onto boat as terrified fishermen flee deck in panic

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Fishermen on a boat off the Massachusetts coast panicked when a giant shark jumped right onto their boat. The video shows the men trying to outrun the Atlantic shortfin mako, also known as the world’s fastest shark, screaming in shock as the shark whirls around on deck. The viral video was posted to Instagram with the caption: “The pucker factor is at an all-time high. This Mako went into full air attack mode. It’s very rare for a Mako to jump into a boat as is but also get it on camera. Outrageous.” Here’s what happened.

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The fishermen had caught a shark on a line and were distracted when suddenly another jumped onto the boat and collided with one of the anglers who was pinned by a safety harness. Another angler got his foot caught under the shark and freed himself before fleeing up a ladder. The men can be heard cursing and screaming in utter panic as the massive shark thrashes the ground. Read on to see the video.

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No one on board the boat was hurt, and it’s unclear how they got the shark back into the water (mako sharks are a protected species and, by law, must be thrown back into the sea if caught). “As of July 5, 2022, U.S. fishermen are prohibited from landing or retaining Atlantic shortfin mako sharks,” says NOAA Fisheries. “The retention limit for shortfin mako sharks is zero in commercial and recreational fisheries for highly migratory species in the Atlantic.”

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Mako were considered guardian spirits by the indigenous people of New Zealand – the name ‘mako’ comes from the Māori word for ‘shark’. Mako sharks are incredibly fast and can swim up to an amazing 80 miles per hour. If that’s not intimidating enough, this shark can grow up to 13 feet long and tips the scales at 1,200 pounds. Also (surprise, surprise) Mako are known for their exceptional jumping abilities.

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Aggressive predators, mako sharks are most dangerous to humans when hooked and dragged onto fishing boats by fishermen. They signal an attack by swimming in a figure eight toward their prey with his mouth openand with over 3000 lbs of pressure in her bite, that’s a shark you Yes, really don’t want to create me. However, mako sharks are aware that humans are not, and in fact can be, prey friendly to deep sea divers (again not recommended).

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Mako sharks are officially on the endangered species list, making it illegal to kill them. “The depletion of the shortfin mako in the North Atlantic is among the world’s most urgent shark conservation crises, and the US is critical to enforcing the multilateral ban needed to stem the decline,” Sonya FordhamPresident of Shark Advocates International, said in 2021. “While the US has been a barrier to international protection of Atlantic mako in recent years, the Biden administration’s commitment to science and today’s proposal — which reflects the exceptional vulnerability — give us a hand Makos for overfishing underscores hope that the government will change course and heed scientific advice in a timely manner to help save the beleaguered populations of the North Atlantic from collapse.”

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