Contrary to its name, participants in the Flying Mako fishing tournament don't usually expect to see crazed, flying mako sharks when they try to nab top honors in this strictly catch-and-release contest. However, Alex Beck, Mark Martin, and Keith Langford (the cameraman) captured footage of a 10-foot-long mako shark doing just that, flying out of the water not one, not two, not three, but nine palm sweat-inducing times.
Here's how Langford recounted the moment for GrindTV:
When the shark first approached, Martin said it was merely investigating, and would start circling them from a distance before coming back and hitting the fly. "And that's exactly what it did," says Langford. "And once it took that thing that's when all the crazy stuff started."
Craziness certainly did abound, as you can see in the video above. And just 1,400 miles to the north, some fishermen in British Columbia snagged an 1,100-pound sturgeon measuring 12 feet, 4 inches in length. Thinking maybe I'll just stay out of the water for a little while.