Video: six of the most terrifying shark attacks on boats
by Sophia Heath
Last June marked 40 years since Jaws made its big-screen debut and wrote itself into movie history. The iconic shark attack scenes from Jaws now tend to generate laughter rather than fear but a handful of boaters have experienced the real thing and caught the incidents on camera.
Here are six of the most terrifying shark attacks on boats that have been caught on camera.
1| A shark attacks a kayak in South Africa
A fisherman in South Africa had a lucky escape when he was knocked out of his kayak by a shark last month.
Dev De Lange was out fishing when he saw the shark approaching and the whole incident was captured by his on board camera.
The shark was chasing a dorado fish that De Lange was using as bait and violently smashes into the kayak.
De Lange was shaken but unharmed by the incident and his close encounter has already been watched more than 70,000 times.
2| Near Long Beach, New York
GoPro footage captured 45 miles off the coast of New York caught the incredible moment when a boat came into contact with a group of sharks that were eating a whale carcass.
The underwater footage captures the sharks circling and trying to bite the boat’s engines. Michael Maiale, who took the footage, said that one of the sharks was “three or four times” bigger than average.
It is thought that the group of sharks were in the process of migrating north towards Cape Cod where they feed upon the seal population.
3| Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
A group of friends in New Zealand had a close shave when a great white shark started circled their fishing boat in the Hauraki Gulf.
A three-metre shark approached the boat and can be seen circling and even trying to take a bite out of the motor.
Jack Lucas, who was one of three men on board, told local press he initially thought it was a bronze whaler shark, which are quite common in the area, and only realised as it came closer that it was a great white. The shark then spent nearly half an hour circling the boat near Kawau Island.
"I saw that big shadow coming to the boat...we weren't too worried about it. It was quite a cool experience," Lucas said.
Despite this rather scary incident New Zealand has seen a rise in the number of superyachts visiting the country. If this hasn't put you off why not consider chartering a superyacht in New Zealand?
4 | Stewart Island, New Zealand
A camera crew for the Discovery Channel had a scary encounter when a great white tried to attack their small dingy boat near Stewart Island in New Zealand.
The incident happened while the crew were filming for one of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week programmes. The great white can be seen trying to bite through the rope to detach the dinghy from its mother boat
"It’s a little nerve-racking being in a boat no bigger than the size of the shark,” one of the cameramen says. “The shark is actually bigger than our boat.”
“I don’t think this is such a brilliant f****** idea you know,” adds the other.
5 | Gulf of Mexico, Florida coast
A group of fisherman had an encounter with a great white shark just eight miles from Florida’s shore. The shark tried to attack the 6.7-metre boat’s trolling motor.
The boat’s captain, Scott Fitzgerald, said the attack was “exciting”.
"He had the entire trolling motor in his mouth, and was moving it side to side, and it was shaking the boat,” Fitzgerald said.
“I've been chartering for nine years, and I’ve never seen a shark try to attack my boat. It was very exciting for all of us. It really got our hearts beating hard."
6 | Atlantic Ocean, Cape May, New Jersey
A group of friends had a close encounter with a 4.9-metre-long great white shark 30 miles off the coast of New Jersey.
The boat’s owner, Steve Clark, managed to film as the shark circling and attacking the boat. The shark reportedly circled the boat for about 20 minutes before eventually biting off the bag of bait.
"It was awesome. It wasn’t scary, cause we’re used to sharks. It was awesome," Clark said.
"It swam down the length of the boat and I happened to see it first. Obviously, I was a little bit stunned.
"I didn’t say anything to anybody, I was looking at it, trying to process the information, cause it was quite a big fish."