Jumping the Shark -- The Deadly Flight Pattern

12/18/2008 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
This pic should give you a better idea how a shark managed to jump from her tank and onto a waterslide in The Bahamas earlier this week.

FYI -- the slide goes through the shark area (the open air slide becomes an enclosed tube) and lets out in a small pool down below.

The female reef shark somehow cleared the 18-inch wide and 1-foot high barrier around the bottom of the Mayan Temple's Leap of Faith slide -- then slid down the rest of the slide and into an empty pool. It died from complications from the pool's chlorinated water.

The shark was at least 12 years old.