A great white shark has been “rescued” by a lift crane after it leapt out of the ocean and landed on a small research boat.
The 1100-pound, 9.8-foot animal was attracted to bait thrown by a research team conducting a shark count in South Africa’s Mossell Bay. It became lodged on the boat and the researchers eventually towed it to land where a crane lifted the shark from the boat.
The shark damaged fuel lines and some of the fiberglass of the boat, but the vessel was repaired and back in action counting sharks the following day.
Oceans Research said the shark was last seen swimming strongly out to sea and appeared to be unharmed.