Coast Guard spots ‘real-life Jaws’ following boat – Daily News

Coast Guard spots ‘real-life Jaws’ following boat – Daily News


 A US Coast Guard crew had a close encounter with a massive shark this week as it was returning from a search-and-rescue mission off the coast of Boothbay Harbor in Maine  “While returning from a search and rescue case offshore, the crew of the 47’ MLB encountered a shark crossing its bow,” the US Coast Guard station in Boothbay Harbor posted on Facebook Tuesday, along with a 20-second clip of the nearly 20-foot shark  Chief Adam Smart told the Portland Press Herald that crew members spotted the large sea creature’s shadow in the water and immediately took out their cellphones to capture footage as it swam alongside the vessel  “The shark stayed around for a few minutes because the crew slowed the boat down We didn’t want to hit it,” Smart told the newspaper, adding that the shark was about half the size of their boat  The group’s Facebook followers were also impressed by the shark’s size.  “I think we’re going to need a bigger boat!” one user commented  “Why did I immediately start hearing the music from the movie Jaws? Sorry. Love Sharks!” another joked  “It’s real-life Jaws and I am terrified,” a woman echoed.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), basking sharks can reach up to 32 feet in length They’re known for their grayish-brown color and their unique heads, which are “nearly encircled with enormous gill slits,” the NOAA says Crew members initially believed the shark was a giant great white, though marine experts later identified it as a basking shark, “which does not pose a treat to humans,” the Coast Guard explained  Smart said the basking shark followed them for a while but took a turn once the boat started picking up speed to reach its docking station  “Everyone on the crew was pretty excited. It is common to see whales but the shark sightings are rare for our guys,” he told WCSH  Smart told the Press Herald the crew was investigating reports of a deflated life raft in the area, which was determined to be old and of “no significance ”

One thought on “Coast Guard spots ‘real-life Jaws’ following boat – Daily News

  • July 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm
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    Thats not a great white..

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