Fishermen And The Great White Shark
A frightening encounter off the Australian coast
Two fishermen on a small boat were fishing near the city of Newcastle (New South Wales, Australia), when they met a great white shark. This happened in late January, when the Newcastle City Council had closed the public beaches as a result of white sharks presence in the area. Tim Watson and Allan de Silva were fishing off Blacksmiths Beach, 20 miles to the south of Newcastle, when they noticed that a 15-foot great white shark circled their small boat.
“It felt like getting trapped in a room with an angry pit bull,” de Sylva told the Newcastle Herald. “It wouldn’t leave us alone. You almost wanted to stop and admire it, but it was being pretty aggressive. It was as big as a wagon car—that’s what it felt like looking at it.”
The boat was 12 feet long and the fisherman described the shark as being much bigger than the boat. “If you watch the video closely the boat rocks a solid two to three foot to the edge. If it had hit it much harder the boat would have taken in a bit of water,” Watson commented afterwards. After Tim stopped filming he said he tried to start the engine to get away—but the shark started to head butt it. “I started to pull and it came right underneath and head butted the engine and tried to open its mouth,” he said.