WATCH: Relaxed Great White helps himself to some lunch off a Jersey Shore fishing boat

2014-06-24 10:50

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Super chill shark helps himself to lunch off a Jersey Shore fishing boat

2014-06-24 10:33

Watch as a Great White shark approaches a fishing boat off Jersey Shore in the US and nonchalantly helps himself to a bag of chum. WATCH

New Jersey - A bunch of fisherman spending the day just off the New Jersey shore in the US got the fright of their lives when a Great White shark approached their vessel out of the blue.

The apex predator, however, clearly had no interest in them as he made a beeline for a bag of chum hanging off the side of the boat. 

Watch the video.

Time reports that the incident took place at 28-Mile Wreck, where a World War II shipwreck took place off of Cape May, New Jersey.  

And now the question may arise... why did the fishermen have chum attached to their boat?

Well, it turns out they were tagging sharks for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of a shark conservation effort. 

The practice of chumming to attract sharks is highly controversial and has sparked much debate.

In 2012 the producers of the documentary Shark Men came under fire when their chumming activities were linked to the fatal attack of a bodyboarder at Kogel Bay, close to Cape Town. 

The filmmakers, however, denied that their tagging of four Great White sharks had anything to do with the attack and that there was no evidence to substantiate the claims. 

Do you think the practice of chumming has any role to play in the prevalence of shark attacks? Tell us in the comment section below or send us your thoughts to info@news24travel.com 

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