ORLEANS, Mass. — A family fishing in Cape Cod Bay had an up close and personal encounter with a great white shark that leaped out the water to snatch a fish they had caught right off the line.

Doug Nelson of Franklin, who caught the leaping shark on video on Saturday, told New England Cable News it “gave us a pretty good scare.”

His son, Jack – who can be seen on the video jumping back as the shark breaches the water’s surface – shouts, “I almost don’t have arms!”

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy as well as Marc Costa, captain of the Orleans-based the Columbia Sportfishing vessel, confirmed it was a great white.

Costa said the boat was about 3 miles west of Great Island in Wellfleet when the shark made its leap.


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