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. Joker

    Is there a skip button somewhere I can press? Why has this been featured on the news for several days now?? *Yawn* I feel like this clip should be placed in the same area as the missing dog ads...Any breaking news to post?

    December 2, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Terps76

    As buffett says;

    Can't you feel it circling honey,
    can't you feel it schooling around,
    you got fins to the left,
    fins to the right

    December 2, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Rull

      I love your recipes! I had aalredy Liked FB' My favorite plant-powered ingredient is spinach. And, I LOVE that my son (6 yrs.) eats it without hesitation 🙂

      July 14, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Quid Malmborg

    Global warming is to blame. That and the naturally wide range of the great white. I believe that I covered all the bases there.

    December 2, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • skidude2000


      December 6, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

    William Chad Goodson commented on
    We've been talking a lot today about great whites. But did you know its pre-historic cousin, Megalodon, was bigger and more ferocious? Come see Megaldon at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    December 3, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Grim Reaper

    This is definitely GW Bush's fault.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sharks

    OMG!! There was a shark in the ocean? did it get there? LMAO.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. advanced home care nc

    hmmm, this is interesting

    March 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Virendra

    Like so many on here, its kale. Kale is my boyfriend! It goes with evtrnehiyg, raw, steamed, blended, and don't even get me started on kale chips. Yum!

    July 14, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
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