Shark leaps to death on Emirati fishing boat

In this 2015 photo provided by Discovery Channel, a great white shark researcher stands in the clear shark cage while a great white shark swims by during an episode of "Shark Week." (AP)

A hungry shark leapt three meters onto a fishing boat off the United Arab Emirates looking for prey only to end up as catch of the day.

The predator, around two meters in length, took fishermen by surprise when it crashed onto on their deck Sunday, 35 nautical miles off the coast of Fujairah, local newspapers said.

“In seconds, it was in the middle of the boat after it hit one of the boat barriers,” said sailor Hamza al-Sharaa, 37, quoted in The National newspaper.

Sharaa said the shark jumped three meters out of the water to get onto the boat.

He said the shark died after fishermen sprayed it with fresh water and bashed it on the nose with a wooden bat.

In a video posted online by Ittihad daily, fishermen pointed to the needle-like teeth of the bloodied shark as they paraded their catch.

Fishermen in Fujairah, on the Gulf of Oman, had two similar incidents last year, but with smaller sharks.

Khalifa Massoud of the Fujairah fishermen’s association told The National that Sunday’s catch is to mummified and put on display at the local maritime museum.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49