Great white shark spotted off Sea Ise City, New Jersey, near Townsend’s Inlet: “Look at this monster!”
You can hear a voice say off camera, “Just off Sea Isle. Look at that monster!”
It was Saturday around noon when Jim Piazza brought in his new boat after fishing for a few hours off Sea Isle City, New Jersey.
“I almost ran him over. My son was like pointing at him like, ‘Hey, there’s a shark.’ And I’m like, ‘No way!’ So I did a loop and yeah, we circled it for about 10 minutes. It was just kind of a swim north towards Ocean City,” said Jim, who spoke to Action News Monday morning.
The videos they took got a lot of attention on social media after one was shared by Coast Guard Station Cape May over the weekend.
Jim’s son and his son’s friend were on the boat and threw some fish at the shark.
The sighting occurred about a mile from the start of Townsend’s Inlet.
Jim’s cousin, Joey, was also on the boat. Joey says he’s fished along the East Coast and this is the closest encounter he’s had with a great white.
“It was unbelievable…he fell right off the side of the boat. We circled him twice. He didn’t even break his run. He didn’t even know we were there,” Joey said. .
Marine science professor Steve Nagiewicz from the University of Stockton says looking at the videos he thinks it is indeed a great white shark.
He adds that the shark’s seemingly careless behavior is normal since the boat is not food.
“I have students who tell me all the time that they found a shark and that’s unique. They’re still there, but they stay away from people. That’s a good thing. That means the environment is healthy,” Nagiewicz explained.
Nagiewicz estimates it to be an adolescent shark, likely about eight feet long.
He said for nervous swimmers, sharks are almost always among us on shore, so you should always be aware of your surroundings in the water.
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