'Jaws' in real life; video captures great white shark jumping for biologist

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The video shows the shark suddenly fly out of the water, headed straight for the researcher's feet, sending him jumping backward. "It opened it's mouth right at my feet!"

In the video of the incident, the boat's captain screams, "Holy crap!"

Sharks are about to get their biggest big screen make-over since Steven Spielberg's Jaws came to the screens 43 years ago.

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Researchers have tagged eight sharks off the Cape so far this season and have been urging beachgoers to be "shark smart" and use the conservancy's free app that provides information on white shark sightings and movements.

Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries researcher Dr. Greg Skomal got the shock of his life when a shark almost took a bite out of him as he stood at the bow of a boat outside Wellfleet, Massachusetts.

Conservancy officials said they have received "multiple reports" from boaters and fishermen of great white sharks jumping out of the waters off the MA coast.

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"While encounters like this one are rare, this video shows that they're certainly possible", said the conservancy's post. One great white shark was seen off Manomet Point.

Such hunting manoeuvres can see a shark leap up to 12ft out of the water at speeds of 40mph.

The group called it a good reminder of the importance of not becoming complacent and always staying vigilant when in or on the water.

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As the top shark expert in Massachusetts, Greg Skomal is used to up-close-and-personal experiences with great whites.

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