New Jersey Teacher Snaps Jaw-Dropping Picture of Great White Shark

The teacher was interning for an animal conservation group in South Africa

— -- The New Jersey art teacher who snapped a jaw-dropping photo of a great white shark with its mouth wide open says it was just a matter of luck that she captured the moment.

“I went with my GoPro camera in hand and one day it was the perfect storm,” Amanda Brewer told ABC News.

Brewer spent her summer vacation interning for an animal conservation group in South Africa.

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Brewer said she set her camera to take a stream of rapid photos and the one of the great white lunging towards two fish tied to a rope was the one she captured.

“The shark came up out of the water and I got the shot,” Brewer said.

In the weeks since Brewer posted the photo on social media, it has received over 350,000 likes on Instagram and 78,000 likes on Facebook.

In addition to those likes, the students in Brewer’s elementary art classes are loving the photo, which she has hung in her classroom.

“They see the picture in the classroom and they’re all so excited about it,” she said. "It’s been an amazing experience to share with my students.”