Saturday, 11 August 2012

The 360kg mako astounded sportfishos by pulling off nine somersaults, each several meters in the air, after being hooked during a tournament off the coast of San Diego, recently

Mr Martin, who runs the San Diego Saltwater Flyfishing operation, said mako sharks had a reputation for leaping out of the water, but not as dramatically as this. 'I think he just felt something pulling on his cheek and he didn't like it so that was why he reacted like that,' he said

Eventually, after a 35-minute battle, the stunts paid off and the line broke

Like a salmon: The mako leaps out of the sea and soars several feet into the air with the hook in its mouth

The annual Flying Mako tournament, which was held last week, was a 'catch and release' event where all fish are put back into the sea.

Splashdown: The shark twists mid-air before landing back in the water to the amazement of the sportfishos

Mako sharks are a highly sought-after game fish and have even been known to jump into a boat after being hooked

Makos, which are often found in tropical seas, have been recorded reaching speeds of 50kmh (31mph) with bursts of as much as 74kmh (46mph)

credits: dailymail & various info


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