Watch an underwater fisherman come face to face with a great white shark off North Carolina’s Outer Banks
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The thrill of seeing a great white shark prowling around a wreck became terrifying to a man from Virginia when he realized the shark was coming straight at him.
David Scherrer of Virginia Beach recorded the moment, which he said occurred while he was fishing underwater about 20 miles off shore.
This shows that the cunning shark gives the impression of passing it, then quickly turns around. He then comes straight to Scherrer, and comes within a foot or two of his crossbow before tacking at the last second.
Scherrer keeps the tip of his crossbow pointed at the shark, clearly fearing he might attack.
“I dived up to 50 feet, saw this white, thought it was cool at first. Then I started swimming, (it) started chasing me, and it wasn’t so cool anymore, ”he wrote on Facebook.
“Two things occurred to me as this was happening to me. 1. Hang on / don’t panic. 2. Where do I stab this thing.
Scherrer says his heart was pounding as he witnessed a “dream and a nightmare at the same time.”
It happened on December 16 off the northern part of the Outer Banks, and the shark was about 10 feet long, he told the Virginian Pilot.
“Normally when that happens things end a little more dramatically,” Scherrer told the outlet.
Winter is when great white sharks migrate along the east coast to warmer waters off the tip of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, experts say. The wrecks off the Outer Banks are a popular place to stop on their journey and get food. Some have been tracked as far as Nova Scotia to the mouth of the Mississippi River, reports shark research agency OCEARCH.
Scherrer’s video has garnered more than 330,000 views on Facebook and Instagram, and 1,400 reactions and comments. These include some who noted that the shark may have viewed Scherrer as an intruder.
“Imagine that, you walk around the shark house and it gets curious and wants to see what you are doing there… It’s funny how it works,” Sean Fallon wrote on Facebook.
Others were less sympathetic to the predator and wondered why Scherrer hadn’t pulled the trigger in the last few seconds.
“If he opens his mouth, I shoot,” he wrote on Instagram.
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