A marlin jumps in a boat and nearly strikes the fisherman on board. On Aug. 26, MSN News reported that a blue marlin off the shore of the Dominican Republic had a mind of its own when it sprung from the ocean and onto the boat of a "tag and release" team. The fish nearly impaled one of the crew members, narrowly missing his body with its pointy nose -- and the whole thing was caught on video.
"Beecher Jacobsen, who uploaded the footage to YouTube, assured commenters that 'we billfish for the sport of it, not to kill. You have no choice when something like this happens (sic),'" MSN News reports.
When a marlin jumps in a boat, it can be very dangerous. While it's not a shark, marlins can weigh over 1,500lbs. The weight of the fish alone could crush someone, seriously injuring them. The creatures also have a very long, thin pointed nose, not unlike swordfish. If you check out the video above, you can see that this particular marlin nearly slices the fisherman with its nose.
Most researchers will tell you that being on the open seas or working with animals in any capacity isn't always safe and you have to be prepared for the unexpected. Fortunately, these guys were able to dodge the bullet that was a marlin.
This marlin jumps in boat story isn't the first of its kind. A simply YouTube search will provide you with quite a few scary (but cool) videos.
© Effie Orfanides 2013