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Jumping great white shark startles researcher

By
Ben Hooper

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Shark researchers off the coast of Massachusetts captured video of an expert jumping to avoid a great white shark that jumped out of the water right beneath him.

The video, posted to YouTube by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, shows state shark researcher Greg Skomal using a pole to take underwater GoPro footage of a 9-foot female shark swimming near the vessel.

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The footage shows Skomal jumping when the shark breaches right under where he was standing on the pulpit.

"White sharks are wild and unpredictable animals," the conservancy said. "This is a good reminder of the importance of following safety tips and always staying vigilant when in or on the water."

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