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Fishermen Go Wild As Great White Shark Steals Their Bait

Fishermen Go Wild As Great White Shark Steals Their Bait

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE

All sorts of things can go wrong out at sea: you could get caught up in a storm, discover a hole in your boat, or suffer from seasickness. Even more terrifyingly, you could have a close encounter with a great white shark, as a group of fishermen in the US found out on Monday.

The men were fishing about 30 miles off the coast of Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey, when they were paid a visit by a massive shark, more than half the size of their boat.

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In a video taken from the boat, the grey figure can be seen lurking ominously below the water, edging closer and closer.

As the calm among the fishermen rapidly evaporates, the shark then surges above the water and rips the bait from the vessel, Jaws-style.

A this point, they absolutely and understandably lose their collective shit: "HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! OH MY GOD! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! OH MY GOD! Dude, that was the coolest fucking thing I've ever seen! Oh my god, dude! Dude! Holy shit! Dude, that's insane! Once in a lifetime, man!"

Few of us ever want to be but feet away from this terrifying sight. Credit: Facebook/Jeff Crilly
Few of us ever want to be but feet away from this terrifying sight. Credit: Facebook/Jeff Crilly
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Credit to the guys, it's a very excitable losing of their shit, rather than the absolutely petrified losing of shit most of us would concede in such a situation.

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The video was shared on Facebook by Jeff Crilly and it has since been viewed more than 380,000 times.

Mr Crilly - who is the owner of the 31-foot boat, Big Nutz Required II - said he and his pals were 'amazed'.

Speaking to Asbury Park Press, he said: "We've fished for sharks a lot and never seen anything like that. We were amazed by how big it was.

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"It was harder to guess the weight because we had nothing to compare it to, but it was probably about 2,000 pounds."

Mr Crilly and co were afraid the shark may climb aboard. Credit: Facebook/Jeff Crilly
Mr Crilly and co were afraid the shark may climb aboard. Credit: Facebook/Jeff Crilly

While the video makes it seem like the guys are more exhilarated than afraid, Mr Crilly admitted they were afraid of the behemoth hopping aboard.

Speaking to NBC, he said: "This thing is huge and we all started going crazy. We definitely were afraid of it coming into the boat, more because it easily nosed its head up past the silver rub rail and it could've easily pushed the boat down - or worse, jumped in."

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Fortunately, all fishermen and the shark came out of it unscathed, and better still, one of them caught it all on camera for us to all enjoy from the safety of our sofa/bus/toilet.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Jeff Crilly

Topics: Viral, Interesting, US News, Animals, shark

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.