Great white shark surprises researchers with violation
Raw video: great White shark surprise violation caught on camera off the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts.
Greg Skomal, a marine fisheries biologist at Martha’s Vineyard Research Station, recently received a once-in-a-lifetime event like a shark jump out of the water with its mouth wide open, a few inches from his arm.
A shark, he is spotted during a recent tagging trip violated in the water and jumped with its jaws open. It happened as Skomal stood on the line of the bow of a research vessel.
Skomal, the top shark expert, in the Bay State, has encountered a number of sharks while working at the Massachusetts marine fisheries, a division of the state Department of Fish & Game. But even this event surprised him.
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“Did you see that? Did you see that?” he says in a video posted on Facebook, as he immediately goes back to the sharks.
In a statement, the conservancy said: “During meetings such as this are rare, this video shows that they are definitely possible.”
The video has gone viral, has been viewed more than 340,000 times.
“During the research trips, which we have seen white sharks fight and we have multiple reports of violations of white sharks this year of anglers and boaters, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy wrote in a caption on her Facebook page.
The caption continued: “During encounters such as this are rare, and this video shows that they are certainly possible. White sharks are wild and unpredictable animals. This is a good reminder of the importance of not becoming complacent and always remain vigilant when in or on the water.”
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Shark sightings and videos have seen an increase in interest rates in recent weeks, after The Discovery Channel held its popular “Shark Week” at the end of last month.
Video of the largest great white ever captured on film, a 20-foot shark called “Deep Blue” popped up last week.
Separately, in Massachusetts, a great white shark, estimated to be 15-feet in length, fell a seal in Cape Cod, sending surfers scrambling to the shore.
The Associated Press and Fox News’ Madeleine Farber contributed to this report. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia