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Baby great white shark caught off Queens

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - A fisherman and his friends were on the water off Rockaway Beach, Queens on Sunday when they reportedly reeled in a baby great white shark.

DNAInfo.com posted photos of the shark which was spotted about a mile off-shore.

The shark was estimated to be about 10 feet long.

"I've seen them off shore, never really this close," said Steve Fernandez, 29. "There's no magical fence that keeps them off the beach. They swim wherever they want to go," Fernandez told DNAInfo.com

The fisherman tagged the shark, which was about three inches from his face at one point, and released it.

A new study finds that the numbers of Great White sharks are surging in the western north Atlantic. The increase of the sharks made famous in the 70's classic "Jaws" comes after decades of decline. 

Scientists say that the growing numbers are due to conservation efforts and greater availability of prey.

On Saturday, a group of fishermen watched with surprise as a great white shark snacked on their bag of bait off the New Jersey shore.

The group was tagging sharks as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study. They were drifting near the site of a shipwreck far off the coast of Cape May as they watched the 16-foot shark swim around their 35-foot boat.

In a video, the shark is seen taking a bite out of a bag of bait that was hanging off the boat. A voice can be heard in amazement saying, "he took our chum bag!"

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