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Great white shark attacks small boat as father and son capture terrifying moment on camera

The pair, fortunately, escaped unharmed as the shark could not successfully launch an attack on the boat.
UPDATED MAR 12, 2020
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A father and son fishing off Adelaide captured on camera the terrifying moment a great white shark leapt out of the ocean to attack their boat. The pair, fortunately, escaped unharmed as the shark could not successfully launch an attack on the boat.

Reports state the incident occurred off Cape Elizabeth Point on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia as Arron Piekarski and his father were out on a fishing trip. The mammoth shark initially circled their boat for nearly five minutes before attempting to bite off a chunk of their boat. A video of the incident, shared on YouTube, shows the shark lunging out of the water a few times in an attempt to get a black box on the side of the boat. The box was reportedly full of beer. The shark, after realizing that biting won't work, retreats back into the water but comes back trying to hit the boat with its nose in an attempt to dislodge the box. 

Piekarski, while speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, said: "I was out fishing for whiting and squid with my dad and really out of nowhere it come up from the back of the boat. It hung around for probably five minutes or so doing laps of the boat. Every time it swam passed it either bit the motor, bit the side of the boat or back of the boat."


Piekarski said that after spotting the 12ft huge shark so close to their boat, his "adrenaline was flowing initially for sure." However, he pushed past his fear and thought to capture the moment on his camera.

"We had a similar experience a couple of years ago and we were more excited to get some good footage," he told the outlet.

The clip was later posted by Shark Watch South Australia on YouTube, with the caption: "Not before long this inquisitive Great White Shark came along tempting the boys to fire up their GoPro for action in what became a lengthy interaction between man and the ultimate predator of the seas."

"The twelve foot shark makes no hesitation in closely investigating the boat by biting the prop and nudging the small boat numerous times, a trade mark feature of many other encounter video’s with boats featured on Shark Watch SA and the Great White Shark’s calculated nature. With a ‘not so camera shy’ display of her (the sharks) beauty combined with the top notch resolution of the GoPro camera, the boys narrate a priceless raw experience delivered in the highest quality for those behind the screen to see," the page added.