'Jaws' Leaps Into Research Boat

It takes crew more than an hour to get killer back where he belongs
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 20, 2011 4:00 AM CDT
A Great White Shark leaps from the water off South Africa.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A great white shark proved a bit too cooperative, and leaped into a boat full of researchers who were luring the killer creatures off South Africa by throwing bait into the water. "Next thing I know I hear a splash, and see a white shark breach out of the water, hovering, literally, over the crew member" who was throwing out chum, said a researcher. The big fish, which had leaped some 10 feet into the air, then landed in the boat. It took the crew, armed with ropes and a small crane from a responding vessel, more than an hour to get the great white back into the ocean, reports the Guardian. It's the first time researchers have heard of such an incident. They chalked it up to an accident rather than an attack on the boat.

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