This is the dramatic moment a shocked fisherman came face to face with a 12ft great white shark in the latest sighting off the east coast.
Marine experts have already warned beachgoers to be vigilant in the waters after chilling images showed a 15-foot shark stalking east coast shores.
As temperatures rise, Americans flock to beaches to enjoy the warm weather — and lifeguards are doing their part to protect sunbathers in the waters as shark sightings increase.
Fisherman Jim Piazza and his son Jayden were the latest to spot a great white shark nearly half the size of their 23-foot boat as they sailed off the south coast of New Jersey.
Jim from Pennsylvania rents a house in Sea Isle for the summer and was fishing with Jayden when he almost ran over the beast.
He said: “The videos. It was just nonchalantly there. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
He posted a video of the encounter on his Facebook page.
Not long after the incident was reported, the US Coast Guard boarded Jim’s boat and also shared the video on their social media channels.
The International Shark Attack Record lists 15 confirmed and unprovoked shark attacks in New Jersey since 1837.
Several factors, including warming ocean temperatures, are contributing to an increase in shark activity in cities along the Atlantic coast.
The first shark sighting was spotted just off the coast of Massachusetts at popular Nantucket Beach over Memorial Day weekend.
A shocking video captured by a local resident shows the shark, believed to be at least 15 feet tall, eating a seal while swimming in the water outside.
in the the video footageAccording to local media outlet Nantucket Current, the shark can be seen swimming near the Great Point Lighthouse near Nantucket Beach.
“Oh my god, you can see the blood!” gasps a bystander as the water at the scene of the attack turns red.
On June 1, a fisherman spotted a massive 10-foot mako shark thrashing about on a beach on Long Island, New York.
The video showed the shark at Point Lookout just north of the Loop Parkway bridge.
Wildlife experts believe it was a mako shark about 10 feet long.
As the July 4th national holiday approaches, Parks and Recreation officials are putting swimmers on high alert as multiple shark sightings have been reported earlier than usual.
Scientists believe warmer and cleaner waters are attracting more sharks to eastern shores sooner than usual.
A resurgence in the bunker fish population is also attracting them to the area’s waters.
“People won’t want to hear that, but I often see sharks either right in the waves or right behind the waves,” Craig O’Connell, conservation biologist and Shark Week presenter, told Newsday.
Some species, like bull sharks and tiger sharks, are known to swim in shallow waters.
In late summer, several bull sharks were sighted along the south shore of Long Island.
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