A great white shark encountered a boat fishing in Ocean City’s Mako Mania Shark Tournament on Sunday.
The shark, which was estimated at 12 feet, was spotted by Bahia Marina Capt. Brandon Miller and the crew of the Miller Time, according to Scott Lenox of Fish in OC.
The great white came inches from the boat and entered the crew’s chum slick while biting and hanging on to a tuna carcass. It was spotted at the 20 fathom fingers off of Ocean City and swam away unharmed, according to Lenox.
Miller Time did not have a catch that made the leader board during the tournament.
The Mako Mania is a mako shark tournament with added entry levels for bluefish and thresher shark. The event is traditionally the start of the tournament season in Ocean City.
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Great whites sightings have not been uncommon in recent years.
In July 2020, an estimated 18-foot shark was seen several miles off the coast. Fishermen also caught two great whites just a mile out from the Ocean City beach in October 2019.
OCEARCH, a marine research organization, says 740 sharks have “pinged” off the Delmarva coast since 2012, according to data released in 2019. That was fifth most across the Eastern Seaboard.
Great whites often pass through the Delmarva Peninsula on their way to warmer waters, according to researchers. However, the migration typically takes place in the fall or early winter.
The Ocean City Beach Patrol said there has never been an unprovoked shark attack, noting beachgoers have better odds of being struck by lightning than being attacked by a shark or dying from a shark attack.