Two fisherman stalked by a great white shark as it bites at their boat’s motor in Portland, Victoria
Two fisherman film the terrifying moment they’re stalked and BULLIED by a great white shark as it tries to eat their outboard motor
- Two fishermen were almost upended in their boat by a three metre shark
- The shark barged at Peter Galea’s and Joseph McKinnon’s vessel in Victoria
- It bit at the boat’s motor as it terrorised the pair off the Portland coast
A great white shark measuring three metres has terrorised two fishermen as it attacked their boat and bit at their outboard motor in an hour-and-a-half long ‘bullying’ frenzy.
Peter Galea, 63, and his friend Joseph McKinnon, 32, were trying to catch kingfish 400 metres off Portland in south-west Victoria when the man-eater struck.
Footage taken by the pair showed the massive shark circling and barging into their small fishing vessel again and again while biting at the motor.
Footage taken by the pair showed the massive shark circling and barging at the small vessel again and again while biting at the boat’s motor (pictured)
In one horrifying moment the shark went under the boat and lifted it 10cm into the air as it tried to upend the men.
‘F****** under the boat, he’s lifting the boat,’ Mr Galea was heard yelling in the vision as the shark kept coming back for more.
‘Here he is … here he comes for the f****** motor again.’
Mr Galea told ABC it was the scariest day of his life.
‘As he came up for the motor, he came up on his side and he was looking at me, jet black eyes, and then when he bit the motor, his eyes rolled white,’ he said.
‘It was just like what you see on TV, I got chills through my body.’
Mr Galea warned a kayaker 50 metres away to steer clear of them as the shark continued to bombard the boat.
Fishing Charter skipper Matthew Hunt witnessed the pair under attack from the safety of his larger boat.
‘[The shark] was a bully to those two guys in that smaller boat,’ Mr Hunt told Nine News.
In one horrifying moment the shark went under the boat and lifted it 10cm into the air as it tried to upend the men in the vessel (pictured, the shark during the attack)
‘That will just stick in their brains for the rest of their lives.’
But the ordeal didn’t deter the pair from enjoying the rest of their fishing trip after they finally scared the giant fish off.
The predator left several bite marks on their vessel and on the motor.
Mr Galea said it was the first time he had been confronted by a shark in his five decades of fishing.
The Victorian Fisheries Authority said it is monitoring the shark and will provide updates on its whereabouts.
Swimmers are also urged to be cautious in the area and advised to avoid the area north of the Portland harbour
It comes after two whale carcasses were discovered in rocks in the area this week.
Charlie Cooper from the authority said the dead whales among rocks have attracted more marine life to the area.
He added an influx of fishermen using burley, a mixture of food fragments used to lure fish, has also attracted larger marine life.
Swimmers are also urged to be cautious and advised to avoid the area north of the Portland harbour.
Great white sharks: feared predators of the deep
Great white sharks have a strong sense of smell – they can detect a colony of seals two miles away.
Great whites give birth to up to 10 ‘pups’ but mothers will eat them if they don’t swim off fast enough.
They swim at up to 60km/h at full pelt and can burst out of the water from below their prey.
Great whites can live up to 70 years old.
They are colored white underneath to make them harder to see from below with sunlight shining down.
They have several rows of teeth that can number into the thousands.
As their teeth fall out they are replaced by razor sharp teeth in the row behind.