Editor’s note: To celebrate the holiday season, we are counting down the twelve days of Christmas with a fly-fishing theme. (Yes, we realize that the actual Twelvetide celebration comes after Christmas, but that didn’t seem as fun.) We’re using classic posts that align with the lyrics of the traditional tune as closely as possible. When I thought of a post that would capture the notion of “leaping” I immediately thought of this incredible footage, from a few years ago, of a mako shark taking to the air.
“On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, ten lords a-leaping. . .”
According to the description of this video, this angler hooks a mako shark estimated at 10 feet and 800 pounds. The fact that they offer an estimate suggests that he didn’t land the fish, but when you see what happens when the fish is hooked, you’ll understand why his disappointment might be somewhat tempered. This was one incredible ride. “Is this really happening?”
WARNING: Some NSFW language here. (Understandable under the circumstances, I would argue.)