Watch a Massive Great White Shark Circle a Small Fishing Boat in Florida
They're gonna need a bigger boat.
Two friends caught a glimpse of a massive great white shark Saturday when they were 26 miles fishing off the coast of Ponce Inlet on Florida's east coast. Their response was profound. And profane.
The friends, Kyle Morningstar and Ian Smith, were out catching red snappers on their 23-foot-long boat when the massive shark swam up right next to them, according to the Miami Herald.
"He's coming up to the surface," one of them yelled in a video they shot of the incident and posted on Instagram.
"Oh my f---ing God, bro," replied the other.
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Morningstar said the shark was between 12 and 15 feet long and circled their comparatively small boat several times. After the shark swam off, the two fisherman quickly returned to shore.
"We ran around our boat and that monster shark just circled around us, did two laps just checking us out," Morningstar told the Herald. "It was not scared."
While they steered clear of a Jaws moment, Morningstar told the Herald he couldn't help but think, "We are going to need a bigger boat."
Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the world, with some recorded up to 20 feet long. While movies like Jaws paint great white sharks viciously attacking humans at will, research shows they aren't focused on targeting people as their prey, according to National Geographic. Great whites are responsible for up to half of all shark attacks around the world, but many encounters are not fatal because the sharks are "sample biting" and let go when they realize the victim isn't their natural prey, according to National Geographic.
Morningstar and Smith's encounter with the great white shark is just one of several caught on camera by fishermen and swimmers in recent months. Back in February, a team of fisherman briefly caught a 16-foot, 3,000-pound great white shark off the coast of South Carolina to tag the creature for research.
Great white sharks are found along the coastal waters in the northeast U.S. and California, as well as elsewhere in the world like South Africa, Japan, Chile and the Mediterranean.