An 844-pound mako shark hangs from the scales at the Destin Fishing Rodeo in Destin, Fla.,Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. The11-foot shark was hauled in by angler Adlee Bruner of Bruce, Fla and once gutted, it tipped the scales at 638 pounds, breaking the tournament's previous shark division record by 338 pounds. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily, William Hatfield) ** **
(Freeport, TX) Did you hear the one... about the shark... that jumped 'into' the boat...this is no fish story... some Freeport, Tx fishermen say it really happened... and they've got the shark to prove it.
Facing Jason Kresse and Steven Prejean was an 8 foot mako shark, which had jumped onto the deck of their 27 foot long boat.
And they had no tools to kill it. So for 3 1/2 hours, the shark thrashed one side of the boat..the men on other side.
In Freeport, folks weren't sure it was real. They streamed into Captain Mark's Seafood Market to see for themselves. Even those who have usually 'seen it all.'
Captain Mark's owns the boat that brought in the Mako…now proudly on display and on ice.
Owner of Captain Mark's said, "You got a 350- lb fish airborne, coming towards you. It can kill you, it can really kill you plus it's mouth you see the teeth you can lose a hand, a leg quickly, very quickly."
That's not just a Hollywood fish tale. Experts from Texas A & M Galveston tell us the Mako is capable of jumping 30 feet into the air and is very aggressive. It is the only species of shark that will continue to bite and attack, even when out of the water.
Aaron Perez is a shark expert of sorts. He spoke with reporters 7 years ago...when a bullshark practically severed his left arm.
Perez said, ""7 ½ hour surgery and over 2,000 stitches"
He brought his survivor's medal to show the Mako.
The shark will be on display for another day or 2. It won't be sold, but cut up for a super seafood dinner for friends..