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Fishermen Have Close Encounter With Great White off Cape May Coast

The shark took a bait bag off the side of a boat Saturday evening.

For the second time in a few weeks, a great white shark has been seen off the Jersey Shore.

This time, a group of fishermen had an up close and personal encounter, as the shark swam up and tore a basket of bait off the side of their boat Saturday evening around 5 p.m., NBC Philadelphia reports.

The shark then returned and swam in the area of the boat several times before departing.

The group of fishermen included a retiree from Avalon who told CBS 2 he was "stunned" when he first saw the shark, further calling the incident a once in a lifetime encounter.
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It was the second sighting of a great white shark off the Jersey Shore this month. The first was seen off Monmouth Beach on June 15.

In May, an app developed by the non-profit organization Ocearch detected a 16-foot great white shark off the coast of Atlantic City.

In 2012, a six-foot sand tiger shark was caught off the coast of Ocean City, and last year, fishermen captured video of a shark feeding on a dead dolphin off the coast of Atlantic City.

While shark sightings have become more common over the years, encounters such as this along the Jersey Shore are rare.

Shark sightings forced the closure of beaches in Ocean County in 2010, and in 2005, a teenager claimed to have part of his foot bitten off by a shark, but the incident was never conclusively linked to a shark.

The most famous shark attacks did take place off the coast of the Jersey Shore, with a rash of attacks from a great white inspiring the 1976 film "Jaws."

Although this was not an attack, it was a close call, and enough to stir up some excitement on board the boat.

A video from the encounter is attached to this post.
john nardi June 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Hey Sickos what if it ate you're child ? Oh yeah that's right you probably have no children so animals now become more dear to you than fellow human beings - I'm not the crazy one here trust me
Michele June 25, 2014 at 02:26 PM
I do have children, but don't plan on throwing them overboard!
Ben Vitale June 25, 2014 at 02:29 PM
"I think we need a bigger boat!"
Johnny ball binder June 25, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Kill it drag it to shore light it on fire and have sex with it . That will keep them away
Average American July 13, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Here on the west coast Great Whites are common, especially in Northern CA. We have whites as large as 5000 pounds getting fat off elephant seals and 500 pound sea lions. I don't know if you have a lot of seals over there in Jersey but most Great white attacks on humans here are caused by the sharks mistaking humans for seals. If you don't have any seals you don't need to worry too much about getting attacked.

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