Monster great white shark circles boat for 3 hours and takes chunk out of motor
A group of fishermen have had a close encounter with a curious shark who followed their boat for three hours.
Erika Almond, from St Petersburg, and four of her friends went fishing just off Tampa Bay in California, US, on Friday (January 22)and soon noticed a massive 16ft long great white shark following them.
Footage shared on social media shows the apex predator swimming along just inches away from the boat.
The beast circles around their small vessel continuously before emerging from the water and trying to take a bite out of the motor with its razor-sharp teeth.
The shark then flips around and floats in the water with its belly facing up.
A man is heard saying: "He's turning over his belly for you. He wants a tummy rub. He's sunbathing."
Ericka told Fox13 News: "It's not unusual, we expect sharks when you're fishing and chumming like that but what made this unique was it was about a 14- to 16-foot great white shark.
"We couldn't believe what we were seeing. It was breathtaking.
"It came right up and took a chunk out of one of our motors."
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She said Captain Tyler Levesque even managed to give the shark a pat on its head.
Dr. Robert Hueter, chief science advisor for OCEARCH, which helps collecting data from shark trackers, explained: "The white sharks are migrating right now to Florida's warmer waters and their population is definitely growing, which is good for the ocean."
He also added that the behaviour of sharks biting motors might not be a sign of being aggressive.
Sharks can get confused by the electrical impulses that came off the boat, so it's not necessary a sign of aggression or being hungry, he explained.
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