‘Shark Rider’: Australian Fisherman Leaps Onto Hammerhead’s Back

Dustin Wicksell - Author

Jan. 3 2018, Updated 2:25 p.m. ET

A fishing boat captain who has proclaimed himself Western Australia’s “shark rider” astonished his charter recently as he dove overboard, leaping onto the back of a 3-meter-long hammerhead.

Aaron Moir has been labeled an idiot with no respect for wildlife by his critics, according to the Australian News, yet the 25-year-old skipper asserts that riding a shark is simply a bit of fun. During a recent charter in the Montebello Islands, 100km north of Exmouth, Moir found an opportunity to try the stunt on a large hammerhead shark.

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After the shark was lured to the back of his boat, guests filmed Moir leaping overboard and onto the hammerhead’s back. According to Moir, he lasted for just five seconds on top of the shark, before the predator began to thrash in the water, tossing him off and swimming away.

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“I was thinking, ‘Right, it’s hammer time.’ Bang — I just jumped on.”

“I tell you what though, their skin is as rough as sandpaper. I couldn’t wear undies for three days because it ripped my thighs to shreds.”

“The guests all had a laugh. They call me the shark rider.”

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