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Close Encounter With Shark Caught on Camera in Florida Keys

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    Close Encounter With Shark Caught on Camera in Florida Keys

    Video captured in the Florida Keys shows a close encounter with a shark. Video courtesy Suzy Grumbo.

    (Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019)

    You're gonna need a bigger boat.

    A close encounter with a hungry shark was caught on camera by boaters in the Florida Keys.

    Suzy Grumbo says she was on a boat Tuesday near Summerland Key and Looe Key when the shark, believed to be a female great white, came up and started eating the chum from the side of the vessel.

    Grumbo, who was visiting the Keys from Montana, shot cellphone footage that showed the shark poking its head out of the water to munch on the bag holding the chum.

    "Oh my God, oh my God," one person is heard saying in the video.

    After it got what it was after, the shark swam away.

    "Yeah, it was definitely the most humbling experience I think I've ever come across," Grumbo said. "It's like going from this small town girl to the girl with the great white shark, you know?"

    Experts say great whites in the Keys aren't as rare as one might think, but boat captain Carter Bates said it's an encounter he'll never forget.

    "When it's there, right there, it's like yeah, a little intimidating, but at the same time amazing because that’s a creature I’ll probably never ever see again," Bates said.