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Fisherman caught out when great white shark leaps into boat

Keely McDonough, May 29, 2017 6:00PM Herald Sun

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A FISHERMAN was almost the catch of the day after a nine-foot great white shark jumped into his boat on the NSW north coast.

Terry Selwood, 73, was fishing at Evans Head on Saturday when a great white shark came over the motor and on to the floor of his boat.

Mr Selwood told The Daily Telegraph the shark weighed 200kg and was 2.7m long.

“I was fishing out there on Saturday afternoon, just sitting on my ice box*. I felt my line move and I thought I had a bite,” Mr Selwood said.

This 2.7m shark jumped into a fisherman's boat off the coast of Evans Head. Picture: Lance Fountain/ Facebook media_cameraThis 2.7m shark jumped into a fisherman’s boat off the coast of Evans Head. Picture: Lance Fountain/ Facebook

“I saw a blur out of the corner of my eye and instinctively I stuck my arm out. The shark’s pectoral* fin hit me on my arm and I fell backwards on my hands and knees.

“I didn’t know what happened and then I looked over to the side and I saw a … shark in my boat. It was thrashing all over the place.

“I grabbed onto the rocket launcher that goes across the top of the boat, and stepped on top of the gunwale*. My arm was swollen, I thought it was broken.

“I grabbed my handheld radio and called in, I said I’m in trouble and I’ve got a shark in my boat.

Location of Evans Head. media_cameraLocation of Evans Head.

“They took me to the hospital and when they asked me what happened, I said a shark jumped in my boat. They thought I was joking, they thought I might be drunk, saying ‘yeah yeah what a story to tell’.”

Mr Selwood said he sees a lot of sharks off Evans Head.

“I’ve had them brush by the side of my boat, I see them put their heads out of the water. But they don’t usually jump in people’s boats.”

The shark had to be taken off the boat using a forklift. An autopsy will now be carried out.

The incident comes after the NSW state government decided it would remove shark nets off five north coast beaches — including Evans Head — because of concerns about migrating* whales being caught in them.

The government will start removing the nets from Lighthouse Beach, Sharpes Beach, Shelly Beach, Seven Mile Beach and Evans Head Beach today.

Genevieve Francis was at Evands Head beach with friends when she saw a Marine Rescue boat.

The group went to the harbour to see what was happening, and saw Mr Selwood step off the rescue boat.

Marine Rescue brought Mr Selwood to shore before retrieving his boat and its unexpected passenger.

Emergency crews came to help the fisherman. Picture Lance Fountain/ Facebook media_cameraEmergency crews came to help the fisherman. Picture Lance Fountain/ Facebook

“We followed it around and helped Terry’s family pull the boat onto the ramp. When we looked inside the boat, there was a huge shark,” the 25-year-old said.

“The shark had the chair in its mouth where Terry would have been sitting. He was just pulling his line in when the shark jumped over the engine and launched itself into the boat.”

The experienced fisherman has since returned home and said the close shave would not stop him returning to the water.

A close up of the great white shark’s head. Picture: Supplied. media_cameraA close up of the great white shark’s head. Picture: Supplied.

NSW Game Fishing Association’s president Garry Chenoweth said the incident is a “freak anomaly*”.

“We’ve had some pretty close calls with sharks over the years,” Mr Chenoweth said.

“We’ve had them breach* out of the water. But this is a new one. That’s not something I would enjoy.


ice box: Esky

pectoral: around the chest area

gunwale: the upper edge or planking of the side of a boat or ship

migrate: to move from one region to another

anomaly: unexpected

breach: break through surface of the water



Activity 1: Shark on Board!

After reading the Kids News article on the huge shark jumping into Terry Selwood’s boat, summarise the article using the five W’s;






Extension: Explain how you would’ve handled the situation if you were in Terry’s shoes.

Time: Allow 20 minutes to complete this task.

Curriculum links: English

Activity 2: Sharktoon

Create a cartoon of this huge shark jumping into Terry Selwood’s boat when he was out fishing. Make light of the situation by drawing the shark on the boat with a funny caption out of the shark’s, and Terry’s mouths.

Show your cartoon to the class and vote on the best cartoons and captions.

Extension: Create a short comic strip story based on the real life events of Terry Selwood’s fishing adventure.

Time: Allow 40 minutes to complete this task.

Curriculum links: Visual Arts, Critical & Creative Thinking


(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)

Activity: Open It

Use your blue highlighter to identify every single sentence opener in this article. Are the varied, or repeated for effect? Can you see any patterns from the author or specific to the text type?

See if you can pick 3 basic openers to up-level by adding a power opener, (connective, ‘ing’ word or ‘ly’ word).

Share with a partner and discuss each of your changes. Which works best and why? Which ones should be reverted back to the original format and why?

Time: allow at least 15 minutes to complete the task

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write & VCOP

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