May 29, 2017 05:13 PM EDT
An Australian fisherman was reported to luckily get out with just a swollen arm as a Great White Shark surprisingly just jumped into his boat. The Australian fisherman was identified to not have been bitten by the shark but was only hit by the shark’s rough skin resulting in cutting off the skin on his forearm.
According to ABC, a Great White Shark plunged into the boat of a 73-year-old fisherman named Terry Selwood. Selwood was fishing last Saturday at the Evans Head in New South Wales. Selwood described that the 200kg Great White Shark pounced from the motor of his boat and just landed on the floor.
“I caught a blur of something coming over the boat … and the pectoral fin of the shark hit me on the forearm and knocked me down on the ground to my hands and knees," Selwood narrated. Selwood mentioned that he couldn’t get out of the boat immediately due to the tightness of the space left in the boat. He noted that his boat only measured 1.4 meters across and 4.5 meters long as the Great White Shark measured 2.7 meters.
Luckily, Selwood was rescued by local marine rescue volunteers through contacting them via his radio and just got off with a swollen arm. The veteran fisherman then explained that there were no clear reasons why the Great White Shark would appear out of nowhere as he only used two little bits of blue pilchard, which he lured straight to the water and into the side where the shark came from, Telegraph reported.
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) then cleared out to Selwood that the fish was a Great White Shark indeed after conducting an autopsy of it. “Really, it’s not a great story, it’s just a mundane thing that just happened and it’s over and done with, but something that I’ll remember,” Selwood answered when he was asked about the Great White Shark pouncing on his boat.
However, Selwood strongly claimed that his encounter with the Great White Shark wouldn’t stop him from fishing in the water again. The incident was noted to be the second closest encounter with a Great White Shark. The first was said to be a trawlerman in South Australia telling the shark to “f--- off” as it attempts to steal fish from his catch.
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