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Wednesday
Mar302011

375-Pound Shark Jumps Aboard Fishing Boat in Texas

Ablestock.com/Thinkstock(FREEPORT, Texas) -- Jason Kresse doesn't have to worry about getting verification for his whale of a fish story because it's all over the media.

The 29-year-old Freeport, Texas resident and his pals were just minding their own business Monday while fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico when they heard something slam into the side of their boat.

Before the fishing party could react, a 375-pound mako shark had jumped into the back of the boat.

As valiantly as they tried to toss their visitor back in the water, especially since they didn't have a permit to catch sharks, Kresse and his pals couldn't get near the flopping mako.

Unfortunately for the shark, it died on board.  The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department didn't cite the crew with any violation because it was an accident they clearly couldn't have foreseen.

Kresse, who still can't believe what happened, is getting a mount made to display his unintentional trophy.

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