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This Report filed by AAF Special Correspondent: M. Perez-Lizano
|Italians Edgy After Shark
Monday, September 27, 1999
-- Italian fishermen ventured into the Adriatic with caution Monday, two
days after a great white shark attacked a boat, chomping up a freshly caught
tuna dangling over its edge.
The skipper of the ``Coca Cola,'' Elevio Mazzagufo, said the shark tried to take a bite out of his boat after lunching on the tuna he'd just reeled in.
``It looked like an elephant,'' he said. ``In 30 years as a fisherman, I've never seen anything like it.''
The great white appeared to be about 23 feet long, just 13 feet shorter than the ``Coca Cola'' itself.
``I shot at it with a speargun,'' said Mazzagufo. ``But the dart just bounced off its skin.''
A year ago, a sports fisherman caused a sensation in Italy when he caught a great white on video attacking a smaller shark right next to his boat.
The great white is a rare visitor to the Adriatic, but may have been lured by this season's unusually warm waters, reports said.
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