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Florida fishermen’s close encounter with a great white shark

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Fishermen meet huge white shark off coast of Florida

Huge shark circles boat giving group of fishermen quite a sensation.

A group of men fishing off Florida’s Atlantic Coast had a meeting on Monday with a 14-foot great white shark, in what they called a “humbling experience.”

Capt. Tony Peeples with Southern-Style Charters told FOX 30 he was with a group of men from the coast of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island when she came to the feet of the shark.

“I got bend over on that side of the boat releasing a fish,” Peeples said. “I stood up and looked and said: ‘No, it’s not … Yes, it is.'”

In a video made by Peeples, the notes of the meeting posted on Facebook, one of the boaters can be heard saying: “Man, you don’t see that every day!”

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The shark came under the boat and ate half of a 50 pound drum in one bite, before you try to go on to eat the other half. The shark then got hooked on one of their lines before it was able to swim.

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“It’s kind of a humbling experience when you look down and see something that the big three feet of you,” Peeples told FOX 30, adding that he never had a shark is so big in his 30 years as a charter boat captain.

Great white sharks tend to be found in cool, coastal waters throughout the world, according to National Geographic.

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A third to half of the 100-plus annual shark bites worldwide are attributable to great whites, according to the magazine.

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“However, most of these are not fatal, and new research finds that great white sharks, who are naturally curious, are “sample biting” then releasing their victims rather than preying on people,” the magazine explained.

“It’s not a very comforting distinction, but it indicates that people are not actually on the great white menu.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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