ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- From the shoreline, the Atlantic Ocean looks serene. These are welcome waters for beach-goers and surfers, but they aren't alone.
A two thousand pound great white shark, named Lydia, was caught right off the coast of Atlantic Beach Sunday evening. It's a 14 foot dose of reality for local surfer Patrick Russell.
"I know they're out there they don't seem to bother anybody but sometimes it makes you a little nervous," he said.
Ocearch Expedition Leader Chris Fischer and his team are spending about two weeks in our waters hunting for, catching and tagging any great whites they find.
Their mission is to learn more about how the animals migrate.
"There has never been a white shark here much less tagged with the latest scientific equipment to kind of solve the puzzle of their lives so it's a historic moment for the region," Fischer told Action News.
As for Russell, he's not scared to enter Lydia's territory. But he says it's important to remember who's boss.
"As long as we don't step on each other's toes we shouldn't have any problems!" he said.