In a surreal turn of events, a 73-year-old Australian fisherman came face-to-face with a 440-pound great white shark at the bottom of his boat.
Terry Selwood was fishing offshore at Evans Head on the New South Wales north coast when the shark leapt into his boat and tore skin off his arm.
“I caught a blur of something coming over the boat … and the pectoral fin of the shark hit me on the forearm and knocked me down on the ground to my hands and knees,” Selwood said, according to MSN.
In a brief showdown with the shark, Selwood said he was on all fours looking into the eyes of the shark while the shark returned the favor until it started thrashing itself around.
The brave fisherman lost a good amount of blood from his injured arm and still managed to reach for his radio to call the local marine rescue volunteers at Evans Head.
After the incident, Selwood returned home to nurse his swollen arm and the shark has since been lifted out of his boat with a forklift and taken away for an autopsy.
As to why this happened, Selwood can’t seem to put a fin on it. He said he had been fishing for almost 60 years and never been through anything like this before.