Angler Spearfishing Off Florida Gets An ITCHY Surprise From Great White

May 14, 2015

ABC 3 WEAR Reports

A Central Florida fisherman had a close encounter with a great white shark.
And he just happened to have a camera to capture the moment.
The man was spear fishing off the coast of Port Canaveral when he came face-to-face with the big fella. “I couldn’t believe what I was watching,” said Joe. “This thing was enormous…it had no fear.”
Grills restaurant owner Joe Penovich, his daughter, and his friend Zack, were out spearing for Lionfish when they came up on a much bigger one.
“He came up and said hand me the GoPro there’s a great white shark on the bottom. I kind of said ‘are you sure about this?’ (laughs) At the same time my daughter was yelling..I was yelling,” said Joe.
Zack was only feet from the 12 foot shark, and armed with a spear.
The incident happened about 20 miles southeast of Port Canaveral.
“Honestly, it was like a scene out of ‘Jaws,'” said Joe.
Thankfully no one was hurt.
Joe said while it’s a rare sighting, fisherman are seeing this more often.

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