A group of fishermen were surprised to see an exhausted wild boar swimming around in circles, 6km off the coast of Taranto in Italy's southern Puglia region.
The amateur fishermen had taken their recreational boat out for a spin when and were stunned to see the creature on the high seas.
They captured the moment on video.
After numerous passes with their boat the fishermen managed to haul the animal aboard to safety, but had to endure a nerve-wracking journey with the beast to bring it back to shore.
“We tried to bring it back to the shore, and we eventually managed it, but the boar was very afraid and kept attacking our boat,” said one of the fishermen.“Once we got it to dry land it ran off into the pine forest. It was amazing.
I hope the boar realises that hunting season has started though,” he added.