What is it with 300+ pound, sea-bound creatures jumping onto boats today?
Our first story comes to you from Florida, where a 300 pound stingray jumped out of the water and onto the chest of a woman who had otherwise been enjoying herself off the coast of the Florida Keys. With the woman pinned beneath it, the stingray started flapping its body--"doing its thing with its body, hm" as Kelly flirtatiously put it--to get back into the water. Meanwhile, the woman's three children were looking on in horror. Luckily, some wildlife officers came to the rescue and the woman is now doing fine.
And the second story, via the AP, is of a 375-pound shark jumping onto the boat of Texas fisherman:
It's the catch of a lifetime, but it's not clear whether a Texas fisherman landed an 8-foot shark or it landed him.
Jason Kresse, 29, of Freeport, and two crew members had been fishing for red snapper about 50 miles into the Gulf of Mexico and were dumping fish guts into the water about 3:45 a.m. Monday when they heard two big splashes in the distance.
"All of a sudden something hit the side of the boat," Kresse told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "He ends up landing on the back of the boat."
The mako shark had apparently been in a rush to feed. It began thrashing around, and Kresse said he and his crew couldn't get close to the 375-pound fish to toss it back in the water. It damaged the boat before dying several hours later.
Kresse, who has been fishing since he was a child, said the unplanned catch was a shock. Just unloading it was a challenge because it was so heavy.
"We had to use a forklift to get it off the boat when we got to the dock," Kresse said.
The crew didn't have a permit to catch sharks, so Kresse contacted federal fisheries officials on shore to get one. Mike Cox, a spokesman with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said there's no violation because the shark's death was an accident.
The shark is on display at a seafood business in Freeport, about 55 miles south of Houston.
"I'm going to get a mount of it," Kresse said. "A fish jumping in your boat, 400 pounds, that's unbelievable."