here’s what happens when you’re fishing for Yellow Fin tuna and a 500-pound Mako takes the line instead. Yeah, it would pretty much drive you nuts to be caught on a line like that, too. The shark goes balistic, jumping 10 feet out of the water as a crowd of paid tourists look on. According to the OC Register, the Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching charter boat had 10 customers on board and was about 18 miles out of Dana Point Harbor.
“The shark swam by the side of the boat and took the live mackerel bait,” Capt. Bo Daniel told the paper. “It took off screaming and crashed around in front of the boat. Then it started jumping right next to the boat. My deckhand, Steven LaSarge, was splashed like he was at SeaWorld with Shamu.”
Apparently, the shark was able to cut the line with its tail after a 30-minute fight that surely exhausted the fish. It is legal to catch Mako but Daniel told the news outlet he’d planned to release it anyway. “Mako’s are definite apex predators, they’re right up there with a great white,” he said. “They’re one of the fastest fish in the ocean and can swim up to 60 miles-per-hour.”