Kyle Morningstar was fishing with his friends from Ponce Inlet in Florida on Saturday afternoon when he saw a great white shark.
Kyle Morningstar was fishing with his friends from Ponce Inlet on the east coast of Florida Saturday when he saw a dark shadow in the water slowly approaching his boat.
The 31-year-old Port Orange resident was the retrieval of the anchor from the boat around 2:30 a.m. when he looked over the edge of his 23-foot boat and saw a fin sticking out of the water.
It was a giant white shark — and it began to pick up the pace.
“It took two to three laps around my boat,” Morningstar told Fox News. “It was more than half of the length of my boat … we guess it was around a 12 – to 15-foot shark.”
Morningstar has been fishing for a while, but he has never encountered a great white, especially one as large as this.
“No. Never seen a great white other than ‘Shark Week,'” Morningstar said. “How large it was and then it was like, ‘Oh my God, that is a great white.'”
It is hard to explain what goes through his head as he watched the sharks swim in circles around its seemingly small — in comparison — fish, boat, Morningstar said, the only way to describe it is that it is “like a movie.”
“I looked down and saw a gray thing come as two or three ramora fish swam in the direction of it,” he explained.
As the shark came in sight, Morningstar picked up his phone and started filming.
“Holy f***ing sh*t. Oh my f***ing God, bro,” men repeated on the boat as they watched the sharks swimming just a few meters away.
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Morningstar posted the video on Instagram and received dozens of responses, both afraid and impressed viewers alike.
“Dude, that’s amazing! What a rush,” one Instagram user commented.
“I would have died,” another added.
Tomorrow called the meeting “shocking” and said he “couldn’t believe that it happened.” Fortunately, he added, the shark only stuck around for about five minutes.
Great white sharks can grow up to 20 metres long and weigh up to 2.5 tonnes, making them the largest predatory fish is to roam by the sea, according to National Geographic. But they are not as deadly as you might think.
“Of the 100-plus annual shark attacks worldwide, fully one-third to one-half are attributable to great whites,” National Geographic reports. “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.”
But George Burgess, director of the Emeritus of the Florida Program for Shark Research, told the Miami Herald that the shark encounters are not unusual at this time of year in Florida.