Watch: Great White Shark caught off the coast of the Jersey Shore this weekend

Stock Photo: Great White Shark

The crew of Reel Innovation, based out of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island made the catch of a lifetime this weekend, a great white shark. Luckily it was a youngster and didn’t pose much of a problem. Great white shark sightings have been increasing over the years at the Jersey Shore thanks in part to a tracking organization called Ocearch that tracks dozens of the sea creatures as they migrate north and south each season.

Great whites are a protected species and unlike in the movies, you can’t hang your catch and take pictures. If you accidentally catch one, you have to release and luckily for this little one…and the crew, the hook caught the the corner of its mouth for a safe release.

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