A heart-pounding video of a great white shark leaping out of the water and snatching a fish as it was being reeled in by a family in Cape Cod Bay has emerged. Captain Marc Costa revealed that the encounter took place three miles west of Great Island in Wellfleet, Massachusetts on Saturday, July 20.
He had taken a group of people out on his boat when the shark jumped out of the water. As reported by MassLive, he said, "It came up and it grabbed the fish and then it made a circular leap to get back in the water and go away. It actually slapped the boat with its tail." The family was seen jumping and running back as the predator grabbed the fish. Costa who is a veteran charter boat captain who works for Columbia Sportfishing in Orleans shared that he is fairly certain that the shark was a Great White.
The shark also managed to bite off half of the bass of the line before the family could reel in whatever was left. According to Columbia Sportsfishing, which shared the video on their Instagram page, called the incident, "a real-life episode of shark week today in Cape Cod Bay". Just ten days earlier, Costa's crew had another encounter with a much bigger shark around two miles south from Saturday's incident. The shark was some 70 ft away from his 42-foot wooden sport-fishing vessel.
Shark sightings in Cape Cod are not uncommon and the animals come to the area to prey on seals. Many people and experts keep a close watch on the activity to keep people safe.
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy also shared the close encounter on its social media handles. After the shark sightings, two beaches were shut down - Race Point Beach in Provincetown and Nauset Beach off Orleans. In 2018, a man was killed while another was seriously injured in shark attacks. The great white accounts for the highest recorded human bite incidents than any other shark.