Jersey Shore fishermen have ‘once in a lifetime’ encounter with Great White Shark

Jersey Shore fishermen have 'once in a lifetime' encounter with Great White Shark

June 19, 2019– Mary Greeley News – While others may have tried to escape in fear, a team of fishermen in New Jersey considered themselves lucky when a Great White Shark approached their boat.

Two brothers, Jeff and Scott Crilly were wrapping up their day’s competition in a local Mako shark tournament Monday afternoon when they spotted a huge great white, at least 16 feet long. He even went to town on their chum bag.

“We saw like v-waves, little ripples, in the back of the slick. We’re like – there’s something in there,” said Jeff Crilly. “The shark would be from tail, here at the end of the boat – its head would be inside the boat… easily.”

“It could eat dinner with us,” added Scott.

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There are scratch marks on the back of the boat. That shark was big enough and powerful enough to do some significant damage.

Here’s a thought to take with you the next time you’re in the water. Jeff spoke on the phone with a shark expert after this encounter, and he told him… that great white was probably not alone.

“He goes, if there’s one big one like that in the area – chances are there’s more. They’re not in a school – but they’re in the area,” said Jeff.

Scott added, “you’re putting small fish in the water, in the hopes of catching a bigger fish. That’s what it’s all about. Every time you go out, you try to get the biggest one you can.”

It’s not a mako shark for the tournament win, but the fact of the matter is, they were never going to get this big boy in their boat anyway.

Mary Greeley News

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