‘The videos don’t do it justice’: Fisherman and his family encounter massive 12-foot great white shark lurking around their boat off the coast of New Jersey
- Jim Piazza, 34, was fishing when he spotted a nearly 12-foot long shark
- The shark was spotted a mile off the coast of Townsends Inlet, New Jersey
- It floated by the boat and measured roughly half the length of Piazza’s 23-foot boat
- ‘It was just nonchalantly there. I’ve never seen anything like that,’ Piazza said
- Shark sightings are not rare in New Jersey but it is unusually for great whites to come near shorelines and swimmers
- There has only been 15 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in New Jersey in 1837
A group of Pennsylvania fishermen had a shocking encounter with a great white shark off the Jersey Shore coast.
Jim Piazza, 34, of Media, Pennsylvania, along with his son Jayden and father Joseph were fishing when they spotted a nearly 12-foot long shark near Townsends Inlet, New Jersey.
‘It was just nonchalantly there. I’ve never seen anything like that,’ Piazza told Fox News. ‘The videos don’t do it justice.’
The Pennsylvanian and his family have been renting a house in Sea Isle, New Jersey, for the summer when the shark appeared just a mile off the coast on June 4, measuring nearly half the size of his 23-foot boat.
‘To see it in our oceans today, the great giant of the world, it was just impressive,’ Piazza’s father Joseph told the Today Show.
The great white languidly floated near the boat, not seeming very interested in the Piazzas as Jim leaned over the side of the boat to film the mysterious beauty.
Jim Piazza, 34, of Media, Pennsylvania, along with his son Jayden and father Joseph were fishing when they spotted a nearly 12-foot long shark near Townsends Inlet, New Jersey
Another passenger on the boat can be heard exclaiming: ‘Look at that f**king white, oh my god.’
‘Holy s**t, I’m glad I spotted that,’ Piazza agreed.
Not long after the spotting, the US Coast Guard boarded his boat to perform a safety check, Fox News reported. The agency also posted the video of the shark to their social media feeds.
DailyMail.com has contacted Piazza for comment.
As the US heads into the summer season, the warming waters could be an explanation as to why sharks are coming closer to shore.
Coastal states, such as Massachusetts and New York, are seeing an increase in shark sightings.
Massachusetts alone has spotted 10 sharks since Memorial Day weekend, the Today Show reported.
New York is increasing drone usage to spot sharks before the animals get to close to shorelines and beachgoers.
‘[Drones] are our early warning systems,’ Long Island State Parks Regional Director George Gorman told the Today Show. ‘[Drones] can see before our lifeguard could spot a shark coming in.’
The usage of technology has become vital to the safety of beachgoers as the US holds the highest record for unprovoked shark attacks.
In 2021 alone, there were 47 unprovoked attacks, the Today Show reported.
Piazza’s father Joseph (left) was shocked to see such a giant creature languidly floating near the boat. He called the sighting ‘impressive’. Piazza (right) said the shark was ‘nonchalant’ and had ‘never seen anything like that’
A New England scientist John Chisholm said the ‘important’ message is that ‘the sharks are here.’
‘They’re hunting, they’re doing their natural activities, and we’re sharing that area with them,’ Chisholm told the Today Show.
Sharks are not a rarity in New Jersey, but it is unusually for great whites to come near shorelines and swimmers. There has only been 15 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks in New Jersey in 1837, the International Shark Attack File said.
Just two months ago, a shark named Ironbound was seen off the Jersey Shore. And for four years, a shark named Mary Lee – a 16-foot, 3,456-pound beast – swam up and down the East Coast. Mary Lee was last seen off the coast of New Jersey.
Experts advise swimmers stay near lifeguards and avoid swimming where seals and other bait are hanging out.