A great white shark ripped a chum bag off a boat in New Jersey coastal waters over the weekend. The people aboard the boat decided to film a video of the crazy event unfolding before their eyes. Footage shows the great white swimming right up and tearing a chum bag off the side of the boat.
People on the boat can be heard saying in the recording, "beautiful."
In a June 24 report, Newsmax has the quotes of what some of the people are saying in the video when the great white shark ripped the chum bag off the boat. A fisherman says:
"He ripped our chum bag right off."
A woman then responds:
"Was it worth it, though? I’ll buy you a new chum bag. That is amazing."
NBC 10 in Philadelphia reports that those recording the video work for the Federal government to monitor the activity of sharks. The encounter occurred about 5 p.m. on Saturday at 28-Mile Wreck off Cape May.
Fisherman Steve Clark says:
"We were worried that it was going to harm the engine. It started to mouth it, but it wasn't actually biting down. I think it was just feeling it. It was just cool because she stayed around the boat for so long and really let us look at her."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains that great white shark "numbers have increased since 2000 due to conservation efforts and grey seals."
Bob Schoelkopf, who's the founding director of the Marine Mammal Standing Center in Brigantine, tells the news source that the sharks go to where food is plentiful.
In spite of the great white shark biting off a chum bag off the coast in New Jersey, there's a greater chance of getting struck by lightning than being attacked by a shark. This is according to Mark Sullivan of Stockton College.