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Shark attack caught on video

October 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A scuba diver in Maine who came face-to-teeth with a shark used a camera to fend off the animal when it came at him.Thirty-year-old Scott MacNichol was diving last Saturday when he saw an 8 foot shark near the ocean floor and pointed his camera.

The shark lunged at him and took a couple of bites at the camera before it swam away. MacNichol was shaken up but uninjured.

"He took a couple of bites at the camera. When he did that I was pretty much petrified," MacNichol said Wednesday. "If you watch the video, you can hear me screaming underwater."

He says the 300 pound porbeagle shark may have thought his camera was food.

Shark encounters are rare in New England. The last fatal shark attack in New England was in 1936, when a boy died after being attacked in Massachusetts, according to the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida's Museum of Natural History, which tracks shark attacks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.