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Fishermen spot great white shark near Jupiter

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JUPITER, Fla. (WSVN) -- A couple of South Florida fishermen are sharing their story after encountering a great white shark.

It wasn't the "catch of the day" they were hoping to snag, but they did catch a pretty good glimpse of what, scientists believe, may be a new trend in our waters.

Travis Kunz and John Garretson said it was their best weekend yet. The pair were fishing four to five miles off the coast of Jupiter when, they said, a great white shark swam up to their boat. "The great white appears," said Kunz. "John was actually the first guy to see it and says, 'You won't believe the size of the shark under our boat.'"

A great white shark which, they said, was about three-quarters of the length of their 24-foot boat. "We literally have, easily, an 11 to 15 foot great white shark right next to our boat," said Kunz.

A shark expert with The Florida Oceanographic Society said it is probably a juvenile. The fishermen said it seemed to be very curious. "I almost got in to cool off, and I was like, I am not getting in to cool off anymore, like not a chance," said Kunz.

The great white swam around and under their boat for nearly 10 minutes. "We both thought like, it's going to ram the boat. Like, we really thought it was going to ram the boat," said Kunz.

Shark experts said it is unusual to see these sharks this time of year, but it is believed we may be seeing more as juvenile sharks tend to follow sharpnose sharks that are migrating in the Atlantic Ocean.

"Got your heart beating for sure," said Garretson.

It made for great video and a great story for these fishermen.

"Best time we've had on the water in a long time," said Kunz.

The fishermen said they are more excited than ever for their next trip out on the water. "One of the coolest things I've ever seen in the water," said Garretson.

Shark experts said the number of great white sightings may be going up because people like these fishermen have cellphone cameras and are recording the sightings as proof.

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