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Great White Leaves Water to Steal Family's Catch

Shark takes fish off line in Cape Cod Bay
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 21, 2019 11:15 AM CDT
A sign warns visitors to a beach in WellFleet, Massachusetts this spring.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(Newser) – 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 AP reports.

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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