Fisherman Steve Clark has close encounter with great white shark off coast of Cape May, New Jersey (Video)

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Decent sized great white eating our chum bag.
Some of the amazing footage this ~16 foot white pointer provided us with during an awesome day of tag and release fishing. Would have loved to be in the water with her for a few shots. Wish the gopro was functional for the underwater shots but this is life! Beautiful fish, she was well mannered for about 20 minutes. We left when she started to mouth the center engine. We had an awesome understanding of each other ;)
Had this girl checking us out. Amazing fish...explains why the makos didn't come around!
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By ANDREW TAVANI

A group of fishermen out trying to snag some mako sharks got the surprise of a lifetime on Saturday afternoon about 30 miles off the coast of Cape May, N.J., when they came face to face with a great white shark. And they have sensational video footage to back up the claim.

According to NBC10, fisherman Steve Clark of Avalon, NJ, and his team were riding aboard a 35-foot boat near a World War II shipwreck site when a great white shark suddenly emerged from the Atlantic Ocean.

An unidentified man can be heard on video exclaiming, 'He's gonna eat our chum bag!' The anglers' bag of bait was hanging just off the side of the vessel, and sure enough, the shark's head broke through the surface of the water, jaws wide open exposing its razor sharp teeth, and then the hungry fish tore into the chum bag. The video shows the shark gnashing at the chum bag until it finally rips it from the fasteners holding it to the boat, and then disappears into the depths with its free meal seemingly as quickly as it materialized.

CSNPhilly reports that the fishermen estimated the great white to be about 16 feet long. The unexpected encounter with the large ocean predator left the people aboard the boat 'blown away,' notes WPVI, as the voices heard on the YouTube video in the first clip above will attest.

Then, the shark came back and took another pass at the boat. That encounter is chronicled in the second clip above and shows another person on the boat using a small handheld device to record video footage as the shark approaches the boat. Several people can be heard marveling at the shark's natural beauty before the monster fish gets very close to the boat again.

'Watch out! He could come up! Look out!' one of the voices cautions the man recording video as the shark emerges a second time. 'Get back!' the voice screams as the shark lunges its head out of the water and then quickly changes direction. 'You guys are nuts!' When all was said and done, the shark had circled the fishing vessel for 20 minutes, NBC10 reports.

Watch all three video clips above. The shark does its best 'Jaws' impression, complete with a great shot of the dorsal fin protruding from the water in the third clip. They are nothing short of amazing.

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CHATHAM, MA - AUGUST 11: A seal swims in the water near a Cape Cod pier on August 11, 2012 in Chatham, Massachusetts. A man was confirmed to have been bitten by a great white shark less than two weeks ago along the shoreline at Cape Cod. An increase in the seal population on Cape Cod has led to increased shark sightings near the shore, including great whites. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
TRURO, MA - AUGUST 12: A colony of several hundred seals sit on a sandbar at High Head Beach during low tide on Cape Cod on August 12, 2012 in Truro, Massachusetts. A man was confirmed to have been bitten by a great white shark less than two weeks ago in the ocean near the shoreline of Truro in Cape Cod. An increase in the seal population on Cape Cod has led to increased shark sightings including great whites. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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