GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: A great white shark circled a 21-foot boat for 20 minutes and made contact with the boat (slapped its tail on the boat).
A boat of fisherman located about 25 miles southeast of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina was circled by a Great White Shark for about 20 minutes over the Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26, 2011 or later, day not specified).
Matt Garrett, of Boston, captured the video with an Apple iPhone 4s. First, the fish stopped biting, then the Great White Shark came on the scene with the fins at first mistaken for two dolphins swimming tandem and far apart.
Great White Sharks reache maturity about 15 years of age and can have a life span of over 30 years. The largest sharks are known to have approached or exceeded 20 feet in length and weigh over 4,000 LBS. Female Great White Sharks are generally larger than males.
What do Great White Sharks eat?
Great white sharks are carnivorous and prey upon fish (e.g. tuna, rays, other sharks, dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals, fur seals, sea lions, sea turtles, sea otters, and seabirds. Great whites have also been known to eat objects that they are unable to digest. When great white sharks grow to about 13 feet they target predominately marine mammals for food.
Great White Sharks can swim up to 25 mph and often ambush prey from below and bursting out of the water upon hitting prey at the surface. In California, where northern elephant seals can put up a good fight, Great White Sharks start with a bite to the hind quarters and wait for the animal to bleed to death.
Worldwide from 1990 to 2010 there have been 126 unprovoked Great White Shark attacks, which resulted in 26 fatalities, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History International Shark Attack File.
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Wrightsville Beach satellite view.
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Map of southeast United States Atlantic coast around Wrightsville, North Carolina.
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