The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that an airline pilot had an encounter with a flying great white shark at “several thousand feet.” Don’t worry, SyFy’s “Mega Shark” has not become a reality, rather the shark in question was a wayward helium filled Air Swimmers toy, a popular item this Christmas, according to the report. The encounter occurred on December 26, during the pilot’s descent into New Zealand’s Christchurch International Airport. The incident was reported to ground control (no word on whether Major Tom was involved) to alert other air traffic to the presence of the toy.
William Mark Corporation, the designer of the toy, notes that it is strictly for indoor use. So, if you were the lucky recipient of an Air Swimmers great white over the holidays, please make sure to keep your shark inside at all times.