Kingston men Arnold Thorpe and Kym Wehl photographed a seven gill shark attacking their boat over the long weekend.
Despite the close encounter, Arnold could see the lighter side, recalling: “He was awfully big. He has a lot of teeth.
“He kept bumping the boat, my mate whacked him with a stick and he wouldn't take any notice.
“He just kept coming back for a bit of a bite.
“He shook the boat and he wouldn't leave the boat alone.”
Arnold said he and Kym quickly realised they weren’t going to win the turf war and they decided to quit while they were ahead.
“We had been catching gummy sharks,” he said. “But we had to finish up and move off, he needed that bit of water.”
The good news for those with galeophobia, or the extreme fear of sharks, is that the encounter occurred very far off shore, in deep water.
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