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‘Holy crap!’ Video shows breaching great white shark startle researcher

‘Holy crap!’ Video shows breaching great white shark startle researcher”

Last month, researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's Shark Survey were surprised when they caught a 2.6-metre shark only to watch as a 4.4m great white dived out of the water and took a bite out of it.

Skomal is studying great white sharks, as they hunt for seals, as part of a collaborative research effort involving the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

"Did you see that?"

While the great white filmed off the MA coastline was around a fifth the size of a megladon, its dramatic appearance is a reminder of never becoming complacent in shark waters.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which shared the video, wrote that researchers have received multiple reports of white sharks breaching this year from fishermen and boaters. "It came right up, and opened its mouth right at my feet".

In the video of the incident, the boat's captain screams, "Holy crap!"

We usually think of great whites being a quintessentially Aussie shark, but this chap was filmed off the coast of Massachusetts, US.

Skomal can be seen hopping back, as if to keep the shark from biting his feet. Just after the pilot says the shark is "right off your bow", the predator leaps toward Skomal.

Okay, so we're not saying that sharks are bad or anything, but we are saying that you should never be complacent around them.

The group called it a good reminder of the importance of not becoming complacent and always staying vigilant when in or on the water.



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