A day at the sea, meant to catch some fish turned out to be more enjoyable than needed when a group of friends encountered a great white shark encircling their boat.
The 16-feet predator even bit at the motor of the boat ‘Offshore Therapy’, which Erika Almond and her friends took out in the Gulf of Mexico to catch some amberjack fish.
“It was breathtaking. It came right up and took a chunk out of one of our motors,” Almond told Fox13.
“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,” she added.
The shark, in the video, was spotted nearly 65 miles south-southwest of Tampa Bay. The shark came in such proximity to the boat that Captain Tyler Levesque was even able to touch it, the news website reported.
“At one point he even rolled over like he wanted us to rub his belly,” Almond said.
Almond shared several pictures and videos of the encounter and wrote, “Seriously one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had offshore! We had a 14-16 foot Great White shark circle our boat, bite the motors and the boat, and roll on its back for about two to three hours! 65 miles offshore in the Gulf. No words….”