Living to Tell the Great White in My Boat Tale

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Terry Selwood, 73, has a great tale to tell and it’s a true one.

  • 8-footer, 400-pounder great white jumps into boat
  • Miraculously, fisherman sustains minor injuries

Terry Selwood was enjoying some quiet time fishing off the shore of Evans Head on the New South Wales north coast when a great white shark jumped into his boat.

“I caught a blur of something coming over the boat…and the pectoral fin of the shark hit me on the forearm and spun me round, knocked me down on the ground to my hands and knees,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday.

“He came right over the top of the motor and then dropped onto the floor. I was losing a fair amount of blood, I was stunned, I couldn’t register what happened and then I thought, ‘oh my God, I’ve got to get out of here’.

“There I was on all fours and he’s looking at me and I’m looking at him and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I couldn’t get out quick enough onto the gunwale,” he said.

Selwood radioed local marine rescue volunteers who rescued him from the boat and took him ashore where he was treated for his injuries – miraculously, just skin torn off his arm. The boat and the body of the great white were later recovered.

The shark was 2.7 metres (8.8 feet) in length and weighed 200 kg (440 lb).

Selwood said he had been fishing for nearly 60 years but had never had an experience like this.