A group of fishermen off the coast of Cape Cod were forced to wrestle a striped bass away from an unexpected visitor that seemed just as keen on keeping the catch for itself.
On Monday, anglers aboard a fishing charter out of Harwich Port, Massachusetts, encountered a great white shark that not only tried to steal their striper but also came right up alongside the boat.
In footage posted to Facebook by Adventure With Magellan Deep Sea Fishing Charters, the angler holding the rod is seen trying to reel in his catch before the shark can yank it off the line.
“Pull it fast, pull it fast … that’s a great white shark!” one of the men can be heard saying.
“I told you we would catch a shark today while we were looking for stripers!” another exclaims.
“Get the [expletive] outta here,” adds a third, as the shark emerges alongside the boat to try for another bite at the striper.
We had a visitor on yesterday's trip. A 12-foot great white shark grabbed a striper – well, most of it – off the line.WARNING: This video contains graphic language.
Posted by Adventure with Magellan Deep Sea Fishing Charters www.capecodsportsmen.com on Tuesday, July 24, 2018
The shark eventually leaves the fish alone long enough for the men to sink a gaff hook into the striper and pull it aboard, its skin full of bite marks and its tail completely torn off.
Cynthia Wigren, the president of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, has since confirmed to The Boston Globe that the shark seen in the footage is indeed a great white.
Oddly enough, the fishermen’s footage might not even be the craziest shark-related video shared to Facebook this month. Earlier in July, a fishermen with the Everglades Fishing Company attempted to reel a 3-foot shark into the boat when an enormous grouper appeared from beneath the surface and swallowed the shark whole.
“He just sucked it in. I don’t remember ever seeing anything this crazy,” a woman with the fishing company told Fox News.
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