A group of boaters saw a mako shark jump onto their boat in Long Island, New York, according to a video of the event. The shark can be seen on the boat’s railing.
The large fish appears to have been caught on a fishing line as it thrashes about. The shark also tries to bite the railing to free itself, but to no avail.
The boat’s occupants then helped free the animal and threw it back into the water.
“We’re gonna need a bigger boat!” said Captain Don from Outlaw Fishing Charters, according to Newsflare.
The clip was filmed in July 2017, but it has since gone viral again.
According to the website Sharks-World, mako sharks are known for their swimming speed.
“It is considered an animal dangerous to humans because of the speed which can attack and its ability to jump into the fishing boats,” says the website. They can get as large as 10 feet in length and can weigh more than 300 pounds.
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“It has a powerful caudal fin semicircular with a highly developed lower lobe. It has two dorsal fins but the second one is much smaller than the first one, as well as two pectoral fins shorter than the length of the head. Its gill slits are long and have small black eyes; Young individuals have the tip of the snout black. Its teeth are large and very sharp, and they stand out when the shark closes the mouth,” the website says.
Meanwhile, “its body has a gray or metallic blue color on the dorsal area and a lighter color in the belly area,” the website notes.
“The mako is the fastest shark on Earth,” the site says. “It reaches up to 32 kilometers per hour (20 mph) with gusts of 72 kmh (44 mph) and is capable of traveling up to 55 kilometers (35 miles) in a single day. Therefore it shows signs of being a migratory species. This fish can also jump, as it has been seen doing it out of the water reaching up to 9 meters (30 feet) in height.”
Makos feed on several types of fish, but it prefers eating bluefish in the Atlantic Ocean. It also eats dolphins, seabirds, other sharks, and turtles.