According to this story from the Associated Press, the 375-pound mako shark hanging next to fisherman Jason Kresse of Freeport, Texas, didn’t require a lot of angling prowess to catch. No, it actually just jumped into his boat while he and his crew were tossing fish guts from their red snapper catch over the side. Now this is not the first time a mako has shot skyward and ended up flopping on a deck. Question is, what would you do if it happened to you?
Option 1: Get as far away from the shark as possible and let it thrash itself to death on the deck.
Option 2: Find the closest long, heavy, blunt object and swing away at the fish’s head.
Option 3: Jump on its back like a gator wrestler and sever its spine right behind the head with a knife.
Kresse and crew went with Option 1, letting the shark flail on deck until it suffocated. Though this may be the safest for the crew, expect considerable boat damage as a result. Kresse’s boat needs some work now, and he said it took hours for the shark to die.
Option 2 can work, but it’s probably the least safe. A mako can whip its head around in a nano-second, and without somehow securing the shark first, you better have good aim or risk losing a few digits.
Option 3, believe it or not, if executed properly, is the fastest way to stop a mako from thrashing, thus minimizing human and boat damage very quickly. That’s what some anglers did a few years ago in Florida when a mako ended up in their cockpit. It’s just a matter of deciding which one of your buddies gets to jump on its back.