It’s not “Shark Week” yet, but oceanic predators are closing in on shore and making more and more headlines in recent years. Earlier this month, a monstrous great white shark was recorded less than a mile off Sea Isle City in New Jersey.
Fisherman Jim Piazza, a Pennsylvania native who was fishing the waters with his son and a friend on their boat, came across the monster – which was estimated to be 12 feet long and over 1,000 pounds in weight.
Mammoth fish prowled around the boat, giving the men aboard the surprise of a lifetime.
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“The videos don’t do it justice,” Piazza told NJ.com. “It was just nonchalantly there.”
The video was recorded on Saturday June 4 around noon. Piazza said he nearly ran over the great white shark, but slowed his 23ft boat as the group stopped alongside the fish and began recording.
“I didn’t think I would see a great white right there,” Piazza said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The US Coast Guard then boarded the boat for a security check and posted the video on his Facebook page.
Earlier this month, a 10ft mako shark was spotted thrashing along a beach on Long Island – and last week a sand tiger shark was caught and released off the coast of the island. Oakwood Beach in Staten Island.