Kyle Morningstar’s fishing trip Saturday ended like a movie scene, complete with screams, when a large shark popped up next to where he was pulling up his boat’s anchor.
“Holy (expletive) (expletive),” Morningstar and his friend Ian Smith are heard shouting. “Oh my (expletive) God, bro,” the men shouted in a video that captured the great white circling the boat.
The 31-year-old Port Orange resident said he and Smith had been out to Turtle Mound, a fishing spot 27 miles off the coast of Ponce Inlet. This is something they did in his 23-foot Sea Box boat named Team Side Effects every other weekend.
Kyle said they were catching and releasing red snapper and fishing for other kinds of fish.
“We were bottom fishing for red snapper, trigger fish,” Morningstar said.
Around 2:30 p.m., he said he started pulling the anchor of the boat when he saw a bunch of remora fish dashing toward what appeared to be a “great, gray blob.”
“The massive gray blob” surfaced and Morningstar saw it was great white.
“I was just in shock,” he said. “When it circled a second time I was shouting and yelling to my friend to get the phone and shoot the video.”
Morningstar estimated the shark was 12- to 15-feet-long as it was more than half the size of his 23-foot boat.
“We ran around our boat and that monster shark just circled around us, did two laps just checking us out,” Morningstar said. “It was not scared.
The great white then disappeared as suddenly as it had appeared.
Morningstar said the chilling music from the movie “Jaws” “pretty much” came to his head and could not help thinking to himself “we are going to need a bigger boat,” he said.
“After it disappeared, we hurried to get ashore,” he said.
George Burgess, an international shark expert, said Morningstar’s video was a nice look at a great white. And, Burgess added, it’s the right time of year for such encounters in inshore waters off the Central Florida coast.
The fish swimming with the shark are a combination of remora and cobia, Burgess said Sunday. The remora, usually 2-2½ feet long, give you an idea of just how large the shark really is, he said.
— Dinah Voyles Pulver contributed to this story