'Jaws' in real life; Video captures great white shark jumping for biologist

A sign warns beachgoers of the presence of great white sharks at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham

Julia Cumes for the Boston Globe A sign warns beachgoers of the presence of great white sharks at Lighthouse Beach in Chatham

Greg Skomal, a state biologist, exclaims in the video.

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries researcher Dr. Greg Skomal got the shock of his life when a shark almost took a bite out of him as he stood at the bow of a boat outside Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

Last month, researchers from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's Shark Survey were surprised when they caught a 2.6-metre shark only to watch as a 4.4m great white dived out of the water and took a bite out of it.

"Holy crap! It dove right out of the water!" yells the captain.

As Dr Skomal, of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF), explains: "For the first time, modern scientists have predictable access to white sharks in the North Atlantic and the ability to study their life history and ecology over multiple spatial and temporal scales".

Skomal can be seen hopping back, as if to keep the shark from biting his feet.

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The encounter occurred just off the beach in Wellfleet on Monday, July 30, and recorded on a camera mounted on the flying bridge of King's boat Aleutian Dream.

This vision was shared by the Atlantic White Shark Consversancy Facebook page, which is absolutely worth a follow if you're a shark fan.

"Did you see that?"

"It came right up, and opened its mouth right at my feet!"

"While encounters like this one are rare, this video shows that they're certainly possible", said the conservancy's post.

"White sharks are wild and unpredictable animals", the group said.

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