Viral video: Great white shark leaps at Cape Cod fishing boat

A viral video of a hungry great white shark lunging toward a fishing boat in Cape Cod Bay on Saturday gave charter customers an exhilarating shock.

People aboard the Columbia Sportfishing ship got up close and personal when a great white shark jumped out of the water to eat a bass that was being reeled in on a fishing line, according to captain Marc Costa.

“It had come up and it lunged out of the water and bit the fish, meanwhile swinging its tail up and out of the water,” said Costa. “The shark bit the fish in half, and he took it off the line,” said Costa.

The video, taken by a charter guest named Doug Nelson, shows a young boy watching as the fish is reeled in by a woman standing next to him. As the shark jumps, the boy nearly gets hit by its tail.

Costa said the shark actually hit the boat following the “big heavy strike” on the fish. Costa said it has happened on his boat at least four times before.

“There have been some close takes … but nothing as acrobatic as that,” said Costa.

“It was exciting and scary and exhilarating and kind of surreal,” said Costa, who said the incident happened about 3 miles west of Wellfleet.