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Captain Records Shark Encounter In Gulf Of Mexico

A man captured a great white shark encounter in the Gulf of Mexico. The boat's motor even had apparent bite marks from the shark.
Posted at 5:03 PM, Jan 22, 2015

When Capt. Scott Fitzgerald felt a bump in his boat just a few miles from the coast off the Gulf of Mexico, a great white likely wasn't the first thing that came to mind. 

"Holy moly, look how big he is!" Fitzgerald said in the video.

While it's hard to see from the footage, Fitzgerald claims the shark apparently decided to have a little fun with the boat's trolling motor, which is pretty obvious through pictures of the aftermath. 

"He's attacking my boat," Fitzgerald said.

Just take a look at these photos where you can clearly see what look like bite marks. It's a wonder he didn't tear the whole thing off. 

We should note shark attacks on humans are rare. In the U.S., from 1916-2011 there were around 100 great white attacks — 13 of those were deadly. 

Still, we'll take a pass on getting up close and personal with a great white. 

This video includes images from Albert Kok / CC BY NC SA 2.0.