Great white shark leaps out of water to snap at researcher

Lamar Ellis
August 8, 2018

Mr Skomal holds a long pole with a GoPro camera attached to capture footage of the shark.

"Ho! Holy crap", Skomal yells, as the shark falls away. "It dove right out of the water", seconds after the shark nearly took a bite out of Skomal.

The Boston Globe identified the man who was just inches from the shark's mouth as a MA state biologist named Greg Skomal. The incident happened off the coast of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, the Facebook post said. Just after the pilot says the shark is "right off your bow", the predator leaps toward Skomal.

In a video that will give nightmares to anyone suffering from shark phobia, a great white shark was filmed breaching and snapping its jaws at a researcher's feet as he stood on a boat. No explanation was given for the incidents.

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"While encounters like this one are rare, this video shows that they're certainly possible", wrote the conservancy while sharing the terrifying video.

State shark biologist Greg Skomal confirmed that two sharks spotted by SkyEye off the coast of Truro were in fact great whites. "This is a good reminder of the importance of not becoming complacent and always staying vigilant when in or on the water".

Researchers have tagged eight sharks off the Cape so far this season and have been urging beachgoers to be "shark smart" and use the conservancy's free app that provides information on white shark sightings and movements.

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