Four metre shark circles fishing boat off WA

A WA fisherman has had a close encounter with a four-metre great white shark which circled his small boat south of Perth.

The ABC reports that Dan Zovko, 42, of Mandurah, was fishing about 100 metres off the Dawseville Cut last week when he spotted the huge shark approach the back of his boat.

“It was nudging the prop,” he said.

“It was about the same size as my boat.”

The shark was side-on to the boat and seemed to be “considering” its occupants, he said.

The shark hung around, circling the boat three times in roughly six metres of water.

Mr Zovko said he drove the craft to the edge of the break to warn surfers in the area to get out of the water.

There were about 80 people in the water nearby, he said.

The sighting took place on the same day the WA Government removed baited drum lines near popular swimming beaches after a three-month trial ended. The Government is seeking federal approval to extend the baiting program for another three years.

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