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Baby Great White shark in Monterey Bay grins for his close-up

Talk about your close encounters. 


Mike Fenn

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 7, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 11:16 am CDT

 Patrick Anders Webster got quite a surprise—and some amazing footage—when he recently found a juvenile Great White shark swimming in a warf off of Monterey Bay.

Webster submerged his camera into the blue waters in Monterey Bay to suddenly find a rather photogenic shark. As he surfaces the camera to catch the shark’s fin slicing through the water, you can see tourists gathered on a nearby dock watching the scene unfold.

The sighting even caught the attention of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Unusual sighting in #Monterey Bay–a young great white #shark! Watch: @underwaterpat

— Monterey Aquarium (@MontereyAq) October 7, 2014

It looks like Webster got lucky and shared his encounter with a rather lethargic shark, unlike Terry Tufferson, who scrambled to get away from a full-sized Great White back in June. Then again, you’d be hard-pressed to find any creature—human or shark—angry or irritable in Monterey Bay.

Screengrab via Patrick Anders Webster/Vimeo

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*First Published: Oct 7, 2014, 8:08 am CDT