Great White Jumps in Shark Research Boat

Posted on July 21, 2011

Great White Jumps Into Oceans Research boat

A team of researchers from Oceans Research was conducting a survey of shark populations off the coast of South Africa when a great white shark jumped in their boat. The shark was about ten feet long.

Dorien Schroeder, the leader of the research team, said there had been four sharks around the boat before the incident. She says it was quiet for about five minutes just before the shark leaped onto the boat.

Shroeder says, "Next thing I know I hear a splash, and see a white shark breach out of the water from side of the boat hovering, literally, over the crewmember who was chumming on the boats portside."

The team writes in a blog entry, "The shark had landed with only half of its body onto the boat and Schroder and her team hoped that as it thrashed it would make its way back into the water. But instead the panicked shark worked itself into the boat getting stuck in between the 1.5x2m area behind the container and boats stern. The shark began thrashing around, destroying equipment and cutting the fuel lines as it twisted and turned on the boats deck."

Schroder told CBS News that the shark was later lifted off the boat with a crane and put back into the water. Take a look:

Photo: Oceans Research

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