Sea Fishing

Great white shark thief

Great white shark seen off Cape May, New Jersey, USA

New Jersey anglers, who were using chum to attract sharks for tagging, on Saturday lured an estimated 16-foot great white shark to their 35-foot boat.

They watched in amazement as the shark surfaced and tore the chum bucket from its rope, then returned looking for more.

"He ripped our chum bag right off!" one angler says. "He ripped our chum bag right off our boat."

When the shark returned, materializing in the depths and then rising toward the boat, one of the crew reaches out to videotape the scene, causing the first genuine moments of trepidation.

"Watch out, he could come up," another angler warns. "Look out! Get back! Get back! Get back! You guys are nuts! Don’t get too close, it will come up."

There was a mild shake of the head and, as the great predator began to sink out and fade from view, one of the crew echoed the sentiments of the rest with a word: "Unbelievable."
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