December 14, 2019
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A family was reeling in a fish off Cape Cod. Then a great white shark snatched it right off their line.

Juan Oliphant via AP | BDN
Juan Oliphant via AP | BDN
Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and advocate, swims with a large great white shark off the shore of Oahu, Jan. 15, 2019.

ORLEANS, Massachusetts — A family fishing in Cape Cod Bay had an up close and personal encounter with a great white shark that leaped out of the water to snatch a fish they had caught right off the line.

Doug Nelson of Franklin, who caught the leaping shark on video on Saturday, told New England Cable News it “gave us a pretty good scare.”

His son Jack can be seen on the video jumping back as the shark breaches the water’s surface.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy confirmed it was a great white, as did Marc Costa, captain of the Orleans-based Columbia Sportfishing vessel.

Costa said the boat was about three miles west of Great Island in Wellfleet when the shark made its leap.


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