Great White Shark Circles Boat Off NJ

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -
A great white shark circling a boat off the New Jersey coast Sunday.
A great white shark circling a boat off the New Jersey coast Sunday.

A group of men have returned from a fishing trip off the New Jersey coast with new appreciation for the food chain.

Rob Pompilio, Mike Long and another friend were about 30 miles southeast of Atlantic City on Sunday when they spied a great white shark circling their 28-foot boat for about 10 minutes.

Pompilio said the shark, which he believes was at least 14 feet long, was unlike anything he’d ever seen. So he grabbed his video camera and began shooting.

The video shows the shark checking things out and seemingly ignoring bait on a line. Finally, Pompilio said, “it came up, just grabbed the boat, saw it wasn’t edible, went back down.”

Bob Schoelkopf, founder of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, said that great white sightings have become more common off the coast of New Jersey because of an increase in the number of seals, one of its main food sources.