Great white shark circles S. Carolina fishing boat, thrilling passengers (video)

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While on a fishing expedition Friday, five Wisconsin natives were treated to the rare sight of a great white shark swimming around the boat they chartered.rare

Chip Michalove, owner and operator of Outcast Fishing on Hilton Head Island, S.C., wasn’t expecting to see more than sea bass, redfish, and maybe even a small shark during the chartered excursion, the Myrtle Beach Online reported. But then the unexpected giant showed up, his outlook radically changed.

“At about noon, I saw a big shadow behind the boat, and I was surprised because I was so close inshore,” said Michalove, who has caught and released several great whites before. “To only be out there for a couple hours and have one circle the boat was pretty rare. The shark came in … it would circle the boat a few times, and then it would leave. Then it would come back. Every time we thought she was gone for good, she showed right back up.”

The massive creature hung out around the boat for approximately 45 minutes before taking off for parts unknown.

Michalove explained that such sharks usually look for dead whales this time of year, and this one might have thought the boat was a dead whale. He further noted that the shark was “timid,” hovering too far away for him to hook or tag it, but his customers will likely never forget the experience.

“They were absolutely blown away,” said Michalove. “They said, ‘How in the world are we going to be able to top this?’ They were so excited, they were speechless by the end of the day.”

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