Great White Shark Spotted Off NC Coast

It was quite a sight for fishermen off our coast last weekend when an 18-foot Great White Shark circled their boat for about 20 minutes and even bumped it.

Matt Garrett, who is visiting from Boston, and some of his friends were 25 miles southeast of Wrightsville Beach when they saw the fins.

Garrett then pulled out his cellphone and started shooting video that he shared with our NBC affiliate in Wilmington, WECT.

Paul Barrington at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher took a look at the video and confirmed it is a Great White. He says it's rare to see them off our coast - but sightings do happen. However, they're hardly ever caught on tape.

Garrett says "He was going straight for us - like t bone - he nudged us with his nose and turned around and slapped the boat with his tail."

The shark eventually took off leaving Garrett and his friends with quite a fishing story to tell.


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