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Tarpon jumps onto fishing boat to escape hammerhead shark

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Ben Hooper
A tarpon flees a hammerhead shark by jumping onto a fishing boat. Screenshot: FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay/Facebook
A tarpon flees a hammerhead shark by jumping onto a fishing boat. Screenshot: FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay/Facebook

TAMPA, Fla., June 28 (UPI) -- A group of boaters out tarpon fishing off the Florida coast captured the moment a large tarpon jumped onto their boat to avoid a hammerhead shark.

A video posted to YouTube by Ashley Moore shows the tarpon being chased around Captain Rob Gorta's boat June 24 in Tampa Bay.

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"Look out, he just attacked the boat," a man's voice says.

"No, the tarpon's on the boat!" another man says, just before a crew member closes an open compartment to reveal the tarpon next to the boat's motor.

"Holy [expletive]!" a surprised crew member exclaims.

The tarpon cuts its boat ride short and flops back into the water, where the chase resumes.

The fish appears to make a couple more unsuccessful attempts to board the vessel before apparently being eaten by the hammerhead.

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