November 30th, 2011
12:01 PM ET

Great white shark spotted off ... North Carolina?

Matt Garrett of Boston, Massachusetts, and a group of friends decided to go fishing off the coast of North Carolina over the Thanksgiving weekend and things were going swimmingly.

“It was our second time fishing. We went fishing the day before,” Garrett said, adding that he intended to enjoy a day of leisure.  “I brought my golf clubs and fishing rods,” he said.

But as they navigated about 25 miles off Wrightsville Beach, something fishy happened.

"Everything was biting (at first), then all of a sudden nothing was biting at all. We knew something was up,” he said.

“Off in a distance we saw two big fins sticking up in the water. We thought it was a couple Atlantic Sunfish or two dolphins. As the two fins approached a little closer, we noticed it was a giant shark."

A great white shark.

Garrett said, "It was all amazement, seeing such a large living creature. It also doesn't seem real. It was very surreal!"

The shark T-boned the boat, turned around and slapped the boat with its tail, Garrett said.

Capturing it all on his iPhone 4S, Garrett said, “It didn't sink in until later that this was so significant," he said.

Paul Barrington of the NC Aquarium confirmed to CNN affiliate WECT that it was indeed a great white shark, a rarity for North Carolina waters, but not unheard of.

Barrington told WECT the shark was likely just being nosey. Garrett figured as much. "He nudged us with his nose and turned around and slapped the boat with his tail," he told the station.

Asked if he ever got out golfing, Garrett said, “I got out for nine holes and I assure you it wasn’t nearly as exciting.”


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  1. ChicagoRob

    note to self...Jaws theme App

    November 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brook

    Wow, someone needs to make a movie about this =p

    November 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hooper

    That's a twenty footer.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      Twenty-five, 3 tons of him.

      November 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Twenty-five...three tons of 'em!

      November 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      Twenty-five

      November 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      Twenty-five. Three tons of him.

      November 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quint

      Dammmn! There's a lotta Quint's on CNN today!

      November 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • CrazySoviet

      25. Three tons on him.

      November 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Squint

      You all know me. You now how I earn a living. My name's Sol Rosenberg, optometrist. Here's my card...oh. You said Quint, not squint? My hearing must be off. Here. Take my brother Abraham's card, he's an ears/nose/throat guy.

      November 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Beth

    I'm confused about what the last sentence about gold has anything to do with this story?

    November 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Player1

      Ya might wanna try re-reading that last sentence over again :o

      November 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      sorry, i obviously meant golf. Any answers?

      November 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sooo what you're really trying to say is...

    it was a big fish?

    November 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BJJSchecter

    Cage goes in the water. You go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. uhhhh duh

    it said golfing, not gold

    November 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    From a fellow fisherman – a tip of the hat. I would have been too excited seeing that great white to even contemplate recording it on video. Well done, sir.

    November 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Swede

    Twenty Five. Got three tons on 'em...

    November 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George Patton

    @JIF: lol

    November 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Baabur

    That's awesome, I saw a great white once, it attacked my friend, took his leg right off. Then we went in and had some beers, what a great time!!!!

    November 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. thruster

    Imagine that...a shark in the ocean...where it lives...

    "it wasn't sea world at all" lol

    November 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George Patton

    But the real question is: what is his golf handicap?
    Is he a shark on the links?
    Ha ha ha!

    November 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. George Patton

    If a shark was seen on the links, it would be Greg Norman...

    November 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Conguero

    "We're gonna need a bigger story".

    November 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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