Extraordinary moment two fishermen encounter a monster great white shark at Rottnest Island, WA

You’re going to need a bigger boat: Extraordinary moment two fishermen are stalked by an ‘aggressive’ four metre great white shark

  • Two fisherman had a close encounter recently with a feared great white shark
  • Jordan Marshall and Paul Marriott found the experience ‘quite daunting’ 
  • Marriott said the pair felt scared as the shark ‘was right there looking at us’
  • Incident was at Catherine Bay, 4km off Rottnest Island in Western Australia

Two fishermen have lived to tell the tale following a close encounter with an aggressive great white shark.

Keen anglers Jordan Marshall and Paul Marriott were throwing in a line at in Catherine Bay, four kilometres off Rottnest Island in Western Australia when the feared ocean predator began to size them up.

Incredible footage shows the shark prowling around their boat before becoming aggressive and lashing around in the water.

‘It was quite daunting actually,’ Marshall told Nine News.  

‘He (Marriott) was a bit more game than me, patting the water and doing that kind of stuff.’

Keen anglers Jordan Marshall and Paul Marriott (pictured) had a recent close encounter with a great white shark in Western Australia

Keen anglers Jordan Marshall and Paul Marriott (pictured) had a recent close encounter with a great white shark in Western Australia

The two fishermen filmed their encounter with a great white shark (pictured), which was at Catherine Bay, near Rottnest Island in Western Australia

The two fishermen filmed their encounter with a great white shark (pictured), which was at Catherine Bay, near Rottnest Island in Western Australia

The two fishermen filmed their encounter with a great white shark (pictured), which was at Catherine Bay, near Rottnest Island in Western Australia

Fearless Mr Marriott confirmed at one stage he attempted to entice the four metre shark with a couple of mullet fish – but the white pointer wasn’t interested – initially.

The mates also said they had knocked back a couple of beers on board, so they eventually decided to let the shark ‘do its own thing’.

Marriott later admitted his heart skipped a beat when the great white suddenly turned aggressive next to their boat engine.

On May 18 last month, Mark Sanguinetti, 59, from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, was fatally mauled by a 4.5m great white shark off Tuncurry Beach near Forster on the NSW mid-north coast. 

Mr Sanguinetti was bitten in the upper thigh, and was dragged into shore by friends before going into cardiac arrest due to catastrophic blood loss.

A helicopter arrived on scene to transport Mr Sanguinetti to hospital, but tragically the father of two and ocean fanatic died on the beach.

The mauling was the first confirmed fatal shark attack in Australian waters this year, although it is believed another man –  Duncan Craw – was killed by a shark off South Australia in January.

Eight people were killed in shark attacks in Australian waters in 2020, according to the Taronga Conservation Society in NSW who record shark fatalities.

Angler Paul Marriott (pictured) admitted his heart skipped a beat when the great white suddenly turned aggressive

Angler Paul Marriott (pictured) admitted his heart skipped a beat when the great white suddenly turned aggressive

Angler Paul Marriott (pictured) admitted his heart skipped a beat when the great white suddenly turned aggressive

Eight people were killed in shark attacks in Australian waters in 2020, according to the Taronga Conservation Society who record shark fatalities (stock image)

Eight people were killed in shark attacks in Australian waters in 2020, according to the Taronga Conservation Society who record shark fatalities (stock image)

Eight people were killed in shark attacks in Australian waters in 2020, according to the Taronga Conservation Society who record shark fatalities (stock image)

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