Flying Mako Shark Lands In Fishing Boat
Jason Kresse, 29, from Texas, and two crew members were fishing for red snapper about 50 miles out to sea in the early hours of Monday morning.
They were throwing fish guts over the side when they heard two big splashes and "all of a sudden something hit the side of the boat".
In the dock, the mako shark is landed
It was an 8ft-long mako shark which, in a rush to start feeding, "ended up landing on the back of the boat".
The shark was thrashing around so badly that the fishermen could not get close enough to free it and put it back in the water.
Jason Kresses proudly displays his unintended catch
It died hours later, but not before doing more damage to the boat.
The crew did not have a permit to catch sharks, so Mr Kresse contacted officials on shore.
Mike Cox, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman, said there was no violation because the shark's death was an accident.
The creature is currently on display in Freeport, about 55 miles south of Houston.
"I'm going to get a mount of it," the fisherman said. "A fish jumping in your boat, 400lb, that's unbelievable."