May 30, 2017 12:44 AM GMT
A nine-foot great white shark leaped onto the deck of Terry Selwood’s fishing boat in New South Wales, Australia.
NYT: In “The Old Man and the Sea,” Hemingway’s protagonist battles for three days to pull in his prized catch. For Terry Selwood, it came a little more suddenly.
Mr. Selwood, 73, was less than a mile offshore near the town of Evans Head, New South Wales, in Australia when a great white shark jumped into his boat.
He had been fishing for snapper with hand lines on a calm sea when the far bigger catch appeared without warning.
“I just caught a blur coming in the corner of me eye,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “Just out of instinct I threw my right arm up, and this thing hit me in the forearm and spun me around and knocked me off my feet, and I fell on the floor on my hands and knees.”
“I looked over and said, ‘Oh, a bloody shark,’” he added.
Mr. Selwood thought the shark had broken his arm, but it turned out that he instead had a severe abrasion from its skin. He was not bitten.
He jumped up onto the side of his 15-foot-long boat to prevent the shark from causing him further harm. “I didn’t want to give it a chance to look in my eye,” he told ABC. “I wanted to get on top of the gunwale because it was thrashing around madly.”
Mr. Selwood radioed the Marine Rescue Unit, which he said did not initially believe his tale. But after the team reached Mr. Selwood and saw his boat, the shark and the state of his injuries, it brought him to a hospital, then returned for the boat and recovered the deceased shark.