What happens when a shark jumps in your boat?
"You scream," joked Capt. Tom Rostron Jr. of Wall, New Jersey, after having such an encounter in his 31-foot sport fishing boat. "At first there's fear he's going
to kill you 'cause his teeth are chewing everything in the boat," Rostron said.
Rostron and fellow fisherman Clint Simek of Brielle were in Rostron's boat the TNT. The two were shark fishing 2½ hours east of Manasquan Inlet on Tuesday when the shark leaped out of the water and landed in the bow of their boat.
It then proceeded to eat through a broom stick, seat cushions, and the fiberglass decking before the two men were able to subdue it with a gaff and rope.
Three days after the brush with the shark, Rostron and Simek showed the broom stick — now in two pieces — and where the teeth gash marks, some as long as three inches, occurred in their boat. They also held onto the head of the shark, and intend to preserve the jawbone and teeth.
"It's missing a few teeth," said Simek. "We found one in the boat that was an inch and a half long."
Critical thinking challenge: Why were the fisherman so close to a shark?
- Posted on June 6, 2013