Fisherman Joel Gray was in shock when it was discovered that the catch at the end of his line was a great white shark that eventually shook itself free
Image: Joel Gray via stuff.co.nz)
A fisherman wished he had a bigger boat when he caught a great white shark while casting a beautiful spot.
Joel Gray was fishing with friends off the coast of the Bay of Plenty on the North Island in New Zealand when he realized he had a bite.
After several minutes of struggling with the catch, he and several onlookers were shocked when the man-eating shark jumped out of the water in front of them, like this things.
A video posted online by Gray showed the giant creature breached the water several times before the line eventually broke and swam away.
The shark appeared to be a juvenile at around 2.5 meters – a third the size it could one day grow.
Joey said, “Me and my buddy were out kayaking in the same spot the day before.
“I’ve never seen one here, only baby hammerheads or bronze whalers. It was an exciting experience. “
“People were all pretty freaked out and amazed when they swam there recently. They were locals and said they had never seen a great white man before that day. “
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The close encounter came days after a warning from the local Conservation Department to remain vigilant after a series of recent sightings.
DoC marine expert Clinton Duffy said, “When visiting the ocean, you need to be a little vigilant of what is happening around you and swim where there are lifesaving surf patrols, rather than swimming or diving alone.
“When out on the water, use caution and avoid swimming in the main channels where many birds dive or belay when fishing from kayaks and jet skis.”
Last year there were about 71 reports of a fearsome great white shark attack, with about eight dead.
White whites are equipped with a mouth full of 300 triangular teeth in about seven rows and can recognize a single drop of blood in 100 liters of water.