Wildlife boardings surprise boaters

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Uninvited — and in one case, desperately unwanted — boardings on recreational boats prompted very different reactions from the skippers.

Two anglers shark fishing east of New Jersey’s Manasquan Inlet got a surprise last week when a 303-pound, 8-foot, 4-inch mako shark leapt into the bow of their 31-foot boat.

“It was epic. He back flipped right in,” Clint Simek told the Asbury Park Press.

Simek along with the boat’s owner, Capt. Tom Rostron, Jr.

“At first we were in shock when he was in the boat. Then he started thrashing and we were like ‘Oh My God, we have a big problem, this thing is going to eat us,’ ” Rostron said.

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On the West Coast, a California man had what he describes as a once in a lifetime experience. J.R. Gilkinson was out on his boat off the coast of Newport Beach when suddenly, a baby sea lion hopped aboard.

In a six-minute video shot on Gilkinson's cellphone, he records as the sea lion approaches his boat, climbs aboard, suns himself on the deck, and eventually settles next to him, nuzzling his face against Gilkinson's leg.

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