Great white shark steals boy’s catch in ferocious attack caught on video

Great white shark steals boy’s catch in ferocious attack caught on video

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Great white shark steals boy’s catch in ferocious attack caught on video

A young angler can now boast to his friends that he was this close to winning an epic battle with a large striped bass when a great white shark rushed from the depths and stole his catch.

The proof is in footage captured recently off Cape Cod, Mass., by Tabatha Eldridge. The video was shared via social media on Monday by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. (Warning: the footage contains brief profanity.)

“Great video of a white shark breaching as it goes after a striper at the end of a line off Stone Horse Shoals!” the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy wrote on Facebook.

Boy loses catch to a breaching great white shark in video screen grab

The boy, who can be seen struggling to reel in the striper, was not identified. “It’s not letting me pull the line,” he says, while trying to crank the reel.

Moments later the shark erupts in a ferocious attack, startling the deckhand at the vessel’s stern, and the fight with the striper is over.

Great white sharks are feeding on seals off Massachusetts, as they do every summer, and there have been several encounters in recent weeks.

Perhaps most notable was the breach of a large white shark at the feet of a scientist who was standing at the end of an extended bowsprit. That incident, involving Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, also was captured on video.

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