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​Great White Shark Filmed Trying To Bite Boat

​Great White Shark Filmed Trying To Bite Boat

A great white shark has been spotted trying to take a big ol' chunk out of a boat in Cape Cod Bay, in a moment that looks like it's straight out of Jaws... just without the slightly dodgy 1970s animatronics.

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The creature - believed to be 20ft long - was filmed on 28 August by commercial fisherman Matt Riley, who had seen it approaching the vessel he was on.

As the shark approaches, you can see it attempt to bite the boat before it gives up and floats off.

The clip was posted to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's Facebook page, along with another video of the shark trying to eat the carcass of a dead humpback whale.

The Facebook post said: "Video by Matty Riley, who was out lobstering with Ken Roth, of a large white shark that came up to their vessel in Cape Cod Bay around 11 am today.

"The shark and vessel were near a dead humpback whale."

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The shark also swam alongside a dead humpback whale. Credit: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy
The shark also swam alongside a dead humpback whale. Credit: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Referring to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's warning of 'adult language' in the video, one person commented: "Adult language was used in my apartment, and I'm here watching by myself!! Good God!!!"

Another agreed: "Adult language acceptable in this case!"

A third added: "Extreme adult language was just used!!! That shark is HUGE!!!"

Someone else wrote: "Amazing, and terrifying! That looks like a big shark!"

Riley also shared the several clips on Instagram, saying the moment was the 'most epic thing' he'd ever witnessed on the water.

"Great white sharks up to 20ft in length feeding on a dead [humpback] whale in Cape Cod Bay," he added.

Rather you than me, mate...

Great White Shark. Credit: PA
Great White Shark. Credit: PA

According to the US National Park Service, there has been an increase in the number of white sharks in the Cape - which has been on high alert ever since 26-year-old US student Arthur Medici became the first person to be killed by a shark in Massachusett since 1936.

According to Newsweek, a spokesperson said: "White shark numbers have increased on the Cape because of a growing seal population which has rebounded after being hunted to near extinction."

The service advises beachgoers to stay close to the shore, avoid areas where seals are present, surf in groups, avoid murky or low-visibility water and always pay attention to warnings from lifeguard flags.

In an online brochure about the species, it warns: "People have been seriously injured and killed by white sharks along this coastline."

Featured Image Credit: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

Topics: Sharks, News, US News, Animals

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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