Breaching Great White Surprises Survey Scientist
A shark researcher had a closer encounter with a great white shark than he expected when a three-metre specimen lunged out of the water and tried to take a bite as he stood on the bow of a survey vessel.
Dr Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries was attempting to get underwater footage of the sharks from a moving boat using a GoPro mounted on a pole.
When the shark breached just below his feet he leapt back and the captain of the boar is heard shouting: 'Holy crap! It jumped right out of the water!'
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy captured and posted footage of the close call and posted it on their Facebook page on Monday.
The conservancy said scientists received multiple reports of breaching white sharks from fishermen and boaters – but encounters are rare.
'White sharks are wild and unpredictable animals,' the group said. 'This is a good reminder of the importance of not becoming complacent and always staying vigilant when in or on the water.'