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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
Great White Leaves Water To Steal Family's Catch
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.

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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.

(Read more great white shark stories.)

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