Shark leaps to death on Emirati fishing boat

Published: January 25, 2016


DUBAI: A hungry shark leapt three metres (yards) 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 metres (six foot) 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.

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Sharaa said the shark jumped three metres 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.

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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.

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  • Parvez
    Jan 26, 2016 - 1:20AM

    What was the shark thinking ……. must have watched all the episodes of ‘ Sharknado ‘.Recommend

  • Jan 26, 2016 - 8:58AM

    Well, at least it won’t end up in shark fin soup. Really bizarre of these sharks suddenly jumping out of the sea onto a fishing boat. Salams Recommend

  • vaqas
    Jan 26, 2016 - 9:15AM

    The two commentators before me are not using common sense. The simple fact for any animal to take such a risk would be the over fishing of their habitat, resulting in sparse food and causing much distress to the ecosystem. Instead of amusing oneself, people should be pressurising the fishing community to preserve the fragile ecosystem instead of just looking at their profit stats.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 26, 2016 - 12:11PM

    @vaqas: …….lighten up, guy.Recommend

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