Fishermen Encounter Great White Shark off Florida Coast
A visit from a 14-foot great white shark turned a fishing trip in Florida into a once in a lifetime experience.
A group of fishermen had gone charter fishing off Amelia Island, Florida on March 10, when the visitor appeared from under the boat and swallowed up half of a 50-pound drum fish at the back of the boat in one bite.
Captain Tony Peeples told Action News Jax that in nearly 30 years of fishing, he had seen other sharks, but never a great white.
“Seeing a great white shark is a once in a lifetime for most,” he said. “It’s kind of humbling experience seeing something that big three feet in front of ya.”
“Had a big visitor eat a drum at the back of the boat today,” he wrote on a Facebook post, estimating that the shark was 15 feet in length—although later reports appear to have revised that down to 14 feet.
Peeples, heading up the trip from Southern Style Charters, said the shark got hooked on a line after it went around the back of the boat and ate the other half of the drum fish.
“The guy that had him on the rod … the look on his face when he seen a great white shark, it was just like awe,” Peeples said, according to News Jax. “His eyes were all lit up.”
“Had a minnow at the back of the boat Sat,” wrote Southern Style Charters on a Facebook post with a video of the shark.