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Great White Goes Nuts on a Boat Near L.A.

Keith Poe

In early July, Keith Poe decided to go tag great white sharks near a dead whale off Los Angeles County.

The female humpback whale carcass was swept ashore June 30 at Dockweiler State Beach. Officials towed the carcass off shore, and great white sharks were attracted by the scent of the dead whale.

Over three days, Poe attempted to catch and tag the sharks.

The sharks decided to go nuts and attack his 24-foot-long boat.

“Words cannot describe how loud the impact was around my head [while I was] inside the boat’s v-berth,” Poe says. “The boat was full-on attacked seven different times, usually at sunrise or sunset.”

Keith Poe
Keith Poe

It wasn’t until returning to the dock that Poe realized the ferocity of the attacks.

Bite marks covered the hull, and a friend found a tooth embedded about a half inch into the fiberglass.

Poe has a scientific permit from the Marine Conservation Science Institute and was featured in a recent Shark Week special on Discovery.

After all that, Poe ended up only hooking two great white sharks—and lost both.

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Great White Goes Nuts on a Boat Near L.A.