'Large' great white shark bites fishing boat after crew get close to whale carcass it was feeding on
The 20-foot-long shark swims around the carcass before bumping its nose on the side of the boat, trying to intimidate the men and then opening its jaws and revealing its teeth.
A massive great white shark was seen trying to bite a fisherman's boat off the coast off Cape Cod. The terrifying moment was captured on video and featured the deadly shark swimming around the carcass of a whale.
The shark was reportedly 20ft long and was caught on camera by two people - Matty Riley and his friend Ken Roth who were out at sea around 11 a.m. on August 27. The shark was seen swimming around the carcass of what appeared to be a huge humpback whale. As the fisherman's boat got closer to the carcass, the shark seemed to be threatened and it tried to take a bite of their boat.
The clip shows the shark bumping its nose on the side of the boat, trying to intimidate the men before opening its jaws and revealing its teeth. It then turns away from the boat and swims back to the whale carcass which had been visibly chewed up in a few places. In the video, one of the men can be heard yelling, "He’s coming right up to the boat!" when the shark approached the fisherman. The video footage was then shared on Instagram where it started going viral.
Matt Riley posted on Instagram and wrote, "The most epic thing I’ve ever witnessed on the water. Great white sharks up to 20 ft in length feeding on a dead whale in Cape Cod Bay." The video clip was able to garner over 30,000 views. As per Riley's Instagram, he is a US Coast Guard master captain as well as a commercial fisherman from Hingham, Massachusetts, south of Boston. The shark that was seen in the clip did not have a tag on it and also had a sliced dorsal fin.
As reported by the Miami Herald, conservancy officials discovered a small spot of blue paint on the bottom side on the shark which could have possibly come after the shark hit the boat. According to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the shark seen was a great white and was described as 'large.'