Great white shark spotted off Oahu

Published On: Jan 14 2012 08:12:49 AM HST   Updated On: Jan 13 2012 10:44:08 PM HST

It's not everyday when someone has an encounter with a shark so big and up close.

"Talk about Jaws, this is the real deal right here," said fisherman Addison Toki, who encountered what he says was a 15-foot Great White Shark.

Toki and his friend Dominick Gaballo were commercial fishing approximately five miles off Yokohama Bay on the west side of Oahu Thursday. They had just hauled in a 300 pound Marlin, when Toki caught a glimpse of the shark near the back of the boat.

"As it got closer and saw just the size and features, we knew it was a Great White," said Gaballo.

18 years ago, Toki says he saw a Great White Shark on the North Shore, but that it doesn't compare to this recent encounter. He estimates the shark was about 15 feet long.

"I see all types of sharks but when you see one like that it's like wow. I'm blown away," said Toki.

After watching the shark circle their boat for more than an hour, Toki and Gaballo headed back to shore with a story to tell and the video to prove it.

"This an unreal trip we'll never forget. That's all I'll say," said Toki.


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