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Great white chomps on researcher's underwater video camera

August 2, 2017 5:19 PM
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Great white chomps on researcher's underwater video camera

A camera has captured the moment a great white shark swum up the lens and tried to take a bite. (Aug. 2)

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — The top shark scientist in Massachusetts has shot hundreds of great white shark videos, but for the first time one has tried to take a bite of his camera.

Greg Skomal, a researcher with the Massachusetts Division of Marine and Fisheries, was tagging great whites with a crew from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on Monday off Cape Cod when a shark chomped on his GoPro.

The video posted on the agency's Facebook page shows the shark approaching the camera attached to a pole, biting down for about a second and providing a close-up of the inside of its mouth.

A 265 pound porbeagle shark is weighed during the 31st North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The annual non-profit fishing tournament brings fishermen from all over New England in search of shortfin mako, porbeagle and common thresher sharks. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A crowd checks out a 360 pound common thresher shark during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The non-profit tournament prides itself as an educational event, where crowds can touch the sharks before they are dissected by scientists and returned to the crew that caught them. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

Event organizer DJ Stetson looks inside the mouth of a shortfin mako shark during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Stetson has overseen the tournament move from Martha's Vineyard to Newport to its new home in New Bedford. Once sharks are brought to the weigh station they are weighed, measured, dissected by scientists and then returned to the captain and crew that caught them. The non-profit events donates its proceeds to various sustainable fisheries and fisherman's rights groups. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

Event organizer DJ Stetson looks inside the mouth of a shortfin mako shark during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Stetson has overseen the tournament move from Martha's Vineyard to Newport to its new home in New Bedford. Once sharks are brought to the weigh station they are weighed, measured, dissected by scientists and then returned to the captain and crew that caught them. The non-profit events donates its proceeds to various sustainable fisheries and fisherman's rights groups. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

Marine biologists record measurements from a porbeagle shark caught during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Scientists from the University of Connecticut, Mount Holy Oak College and the National Marine Fisheries examined the sharks brought to the weigh station. The groups searched the sharks for parasites and collected samples to study shark age, growth and reproduction. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

Marine biologists record measurements from a common thresher shark caught during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Scientists from the University of Connecticut, Mount Holy Oak College and the National Marine Fisheries examined the sharks brought to the weigh station. The groups searched the sharks for parasites and collected samples to study shark age, growth and reproduction. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A 265 pound porbeagle shark is weighed during the 31st North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The annual non-profit fishing tournament brings fishermen from all over New England in search of shortfin mako, porbeagle and common thresher sharks. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A 265 pound porbeagle shark is weighed during the 31st North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The annual non-profit fishing tournament brings fishermen from all over New England in search of shortfin mako, porbeagle and common thresher sharks. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

The tail of a 360 pound thresher shark as its weighed during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Once sharks are brought to the weigh station they are weighed, measured, dissected by scientists and then returned to the captain and crew that caught them. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A marine biologist records measurements from a common thresher shark caught during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Scientists from the University of Connecticut, Mount Holy Oak College and the National Marine Fisheries examined the sharks brought to the weigh station. The groups searched the sharks for parasites and collected samples to study shark age, growth and reproduction. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A porbeagle shark is cut into steaks after being dissected by scientists during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The annual fishing tournament is in its 31st year, and brings fishermen from up and down the east coast in search for shortfin mako, porbeagle and common thresher sharks. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A 265 pound porbeagle shark is weighed during the 31st North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The annual non-profit fishing tournament brings fishermen from all over New England in search of shortfin mako, porbeagle and common thresher sharks. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A crowd checks out a 360 pound common thresher shark during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The non-profit tournament prides itself as an educational event, where crowds can touch the sharks before they are dissected by scientists and returned to the crew that caught them. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

Marine biologists record measurements from a porbeagle shark caught during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Scientists from the University of Connecticut, Mount Holy Oak College and the National Marine Fisheries examined the sharks brought to the weigh station. The groups searched the sharks for parasites and collected samples to study shark age, growth and reproduction. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A 360 pound common thresher shark is weighed during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Once sharks are brought to the weigh station they are weighed, measured, dissected by scientists and then returned to the captain and crew that caught them. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

Marine biologists record measurements from a shortfin mako shark caught during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Scientists from the University of Connecticut, Mount Holy Oak College and the National Marine Fisheries examined the sharks brought to the weigh station. The groups searched the sharks for parasites and collected samples to study shark age, growth and reproduction. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A common thresher shark is weighed during the North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament at State Pier 3 on July 15, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The non-profit tournament is in its 31st year and prides itself as an educational event. Crowds can touch the sharks before they are dissected by scientists and returned to the crew that caught them. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

A shortfin mako shark emerges from the water after being caught by Eric Kelly on the Kalida during the 31st North Atlantic Monster Shark Tournament on July 14, 2017 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The annual non-profit fishing tournament brings fishermen from all over New England in search of shortfin mako, porbeagle and common thresher sharks. (Photo by Maddie Meyer Getty Images)

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