07/07/2013 11:55 am ET Updated Jul 07, 2013

10 Close Shark Encounters That Will Have You On The Edge Of Your Seat (VIDEO)

Shark attacks are no laughing matter, and close shark encounters can strike fear into the heart of any beachgoer.

Great white sharks have been sighted in many popular areas along the East Coast (like here, here, here and here), shocking summer travelers.

Sadly, more than 100 million sharks are killed every year. There have been recent bans on shark finning, the practice of cutting off the fin of an animal while it's still alive, in an attempt to curb growing demand. Unfortunately, the outlook is dire. Visit the Humane Society International to find out how you can help stop shark finning.

Take a look at our list of the the top 10 close shark encounter videos, and tweet us @huffpostgreen if you've ever had a sighting up close.



9 Close Shark Encounters