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Shark attack could kill you.
In a tale that should be fiction but isn’t, a great white shark jumped into a septuagenarian’s boat but only skinned his arm.
Fishing in mellow waters in a favorite spot for the last 50 years brought a shocking surprise recently for Terry Selwood, a 73 year-old from Australia. What was shocking? Try a 440 pound and seven foot long shark jumped into his boat and knocking him down.
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“I just caught a blur coming in the corner of me eye … and this thing hit me in the forearm, spun me round and knocked me off me feet,” Selwood told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
He remembered the creature thrashing around like mad and doing his best to scramble away as fast and best as he could. When he had a moment to look down he said to himself, “there’s a shark in me boat!”
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In a recent interview Selwood said he only lost “a bit of skin” on his right forearm after the animal jumped onto his 15-foot long boat, leaving him bleeding.
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“It was a bit dramatic,” the retired construction worker added. He said the coast guard officers didn’t believe his story until they saw it with their own eyes. “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, recounted 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 shit 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.