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Baby Great White Caught Off Rockaway Beach

Sharks have been found in waters off Long Island's south shore.

(Wikimedia Commons)
(Wikimedia Commons)

Where's Chief Brody when you need him?

A Breezy Point man reeled in a not-so-great surprise on a weekend fishing trip off nearby Rockaway Beach.

Steve Fernandez, 29, caught a 10-foot-long, baby great white shark on Sunday just a mile off the shores of 116th Street in Rockaway Beach, reported New York Observer.

"We put our hook in the water, got it next to the boat and that’s when we realized it was a great white,” Fernandez told NY Post, adding that he and his friends were "close enough that we could still see the colors of the bathing suits of the people on the beach."

Fernandez, a longtime fisherman, said there was "no mistaking" the little monster was a great white, saying it was basically a miniature version of the shark you see in the movie ‘Jaws,’” said the report.

Fernandez and his friends tagged the shark before putting it back in the water, as state law dictates in its catch and release policy. The group also caught five blue sharks and a thresher shark, which they took home to cook, according to Newsday.

  • Fishermen: ever caught or seen a great white shark in Long Island waters?
  • Swimmers: are you nervous to go in the water?
Tell us in the comments below!
Kat June 25, 2014 at 04:27 PM
so happy they released it, these are endangered now. NO I am surfing all the time year round for years, never worry about sharks. They live there.... we don't. Love them.
Lisa Notarile Lawrence June 25, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Considering the northeast Atlantic coast is one of the natural habitats during summer months (and Florida during winter months), this isn't a surprise.
Me June 25, 2014 at 05:07 PM
No real surprise this is their native habitat and they are seen/caught every year by fisherman. They are all released as they are a protected species and fines for keeping a great white quickly reach 5 figures at a minimum.

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