Double trouble: Fishermen get up close with sharks in Orleans, Martha’s Vineyard

ORLEANS, MASS. (WHDH) - Two different groups of fishermen went toe-to-toe with sharks on the Cape on Saturday, with one chomping a fish right in front of a child’s face and another being wrestled out of the ocean — and eased back in.

Travers Peterson and Lee Pasqualucci recorded video of the fisherman’s big catch off Wasque beach on Martha’s Vineyard Friday. They said the man was fishing with his family when his rod started to bend, and it took him 40 minutes to reel the shark in.

“When I saw the fin I expected a baby dog shark or something, 2 foot tall. It was like the size of the guy, pretty much,” Pasqualucci said.

“It definitely separates the boys from the men, totally,” laughed Peterson.

The fisherman ultimately put the shark back in the water.

Meanwhile, off the coast of Orleans, a family on a fishing expedition had a much more violent encounter. A massive shark stole their first catch of the day, snapping right in front of them in footage taken on the boat.

The captain of the ship says the kids here were right up close, and absolutely loving it.

“It was exhilarating,” said ship captain Marc Costa “I don’t think they realize how rare that actually is, but I think they’ll come to appreciate that they saw something most people will never, ever ever ever ever get to see.”

Judging by the size, and the bite it took out of this fish, crew member Elise Costa says she’s pretty sure what kind of shark it was.

“The size, the shape of the tail, the action. There aren’t many sharks that come out of the water that way… that was a great white,” said Costa, who was the one reeling in the fish snatched by the shark. “[It was] fast, breathtaking, and heart-pounding. It was exhilarating, and I never wanna do it again.”

Those who caught these incredible moments say they’ll be second-guessing jumping in the water, at least for a little while.

“I can tell you that none of us went swimming afterward,” Peterson said.

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