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Long Island Shark: Great White in Fisherman's Viral Video

Jun 24, 2015 04:36 PM EDT
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Last week, Michael Maiale and some friends were fishing on his 29-foot boat south of Long Island, New York, when they spotted a decaying whale floating in the sea. Then they made the electrifying discovery that a great white shark was feeding on the carcass, as the New York Post reported.

Maiale took three highly exciting minutes of film using a GoPro camera. We see the shark nipping at the fishing boat's motor and swimming--in that way Great Whites have of looking like energetic but lethal Labradors--alarmingly close to the small boat. Then the shark turns away, returning to the dead mammal and ripping pieces out of it, as Yahoo News noted.

The video, which Maiale uploaded to YouTube on Friday, has been viewed more than 500,000 times.

The shark research group OCEARCH saw the video, estimating that the shark weighed about 1,500 pounds, according to the New York Post.

Maiale named the shark Rudy, after his grandfather, who passed away a few years ago, as the Post said.

Just to show that dipping GoPro cameras below water to film sharks doesn't always work, there's the September 2014 case when Andy Brandy Casagrande was using GoPro cameras to film sharks for the Discovery Channel near New Zealand, when a great white shark ate six cameras in one bite. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/watch-great-white-shark-eat-4164841

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