This is the moment a giant shark swooped onto a boat and slammed its tail into the windshield as terrified passengers looked on.
Skipper Ryan Churches was hunting for kingfish with five clients off the coast of Whitianga, New Zealand, when the 9-foot beast jumped on board.
The massive mako shark had been caught by a fishing hook as it crashed onto the ship.
Footage shows the 330-pound creature thrashing about on the deck – with only the windshield protecting the passengers.
Ryan said Saturday’s incident marked the first time he had seen a shark jump onto a boat.
He told the New Zealand Herald: “We were fishing with five customers on board and we wrapped a bait in and the Mako took the bait.
“We fought it normally and it bounced around. I told clients, “if it jumps in the boat, get out of the way.”
“It just so happened that about 30 seconds later it jumped onto the top of the boat. it was crazy
“We all watched the rod and the line went out to the side of the boat and it suddenly changed direction. She happened to jump at the same time and we got the shock of hell.”
Churchys Charters NZ captain Ryan said the Mako spent two minutes trying to get herself out of the boat.
He believes the animal was 8 to 8 feet long and weighed about 330 pounds.
The skipper was concerned that he would have to intervene to get the shark off the boat.
Luckily it managed to wriggle free and back into the water.
Ryan added: “He got away with it for sure. There’s not much we could do. We can’t go forward to approach him because they are absolutely insane.
“We let the anchor down a bit because it seemed to hold it in place (on the boat). He went berserk again, squeezed through the bow rail, and slid back into the water.
“I’ve been trying to figure out how to get it off if it doesn’t slip off. I thought what the hell are we doing? But everything worked out.”
Ryan says he and his clients were “lucky” that the shark landed in the front of the boat, where they “blocked windshields and hardtops.”
He said: “Customers have responded better than many people would have.
“The cameras were off but they probably didn’t realize the danger we could have been in.
“We were lucky it didn’t end up in the back of the boat, otherwise it could have had a very different story.”
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