"It's no secret that Jeff Crilly is a fan of the movie "Jaws." The fisherman from Toms River, New Jersey, has the iconic movie monster tattooed on his arms. Yet he could never imagine he'd ever be in a real life situation straight out of the classic Spielberg blockbuster.
"This is the 'Jaws' tattoo with the great white sticking his head out of the water," he said. "That's exactly what happened to us."
Fortunately for Crilly and his friends, they captured the close encounter on camera — and they didn't need a bigger boat.
Crilly, who has won shark fishing competitions in the past, was with his friends on his 31-foot boat, "Big Nutz Required II," about 30 miles off Manasquan Inlet on Monday. They were searching for mako sharks.
What they found was something much bigger.
A great white shark, which Crilly estimated to be about 16 feet long and around 2,000 pounds, began circling the vessel.
"This thing is huge and we all started going crazy," Crilly said. "Never seen anything like this before." - NBC Philadelphia