Heart-pounding moment huge shark circles Brit fisherman’s ‘very small’ boat

A young fisherman has had the shock of his life after spotting a shark circling his small boat.

Oban Jones was about a mile off the coast of Cornwall when he noticed a 6ft porbeagle shark zipping around his vessel.

The 21-year-old filmed the close encounter as the apex predator, which is known to attack humans, swam inquisitively around him just below the surface of the water.

A stunned Oban is heard in the video saying: "Well, I don't know what to say right now. But that right there is a big shark and I'm in a very, very small boat.

"Wow, porbeagle shark, north coast of Cornwall, that's amazing.

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"I don't know if I should be terrified or feeling very lucky to see this."

The encounter happened about a mile north of Trevose Head lighthouse in Padstow, Cornwall on Sunday, July 11.

Luckily, the shark swam off and Oban got back to shore safely.

The keen fisherman reflected on the amazing experience, saying: "The sun was shining and there wasn't a breath of wind.

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  • "I had just finished unhooking a bass I had caught on a nearby patch of reef when I noticed a large dorsal fin approaching the vessel at a fair pace.

    "At first I was slightly confused, after all it did not resemble the typical marine life I was used to encountering such as seals, dolphins and sunfish.

    "The dorsal fin continued to approach and it soon became clear that this was something rather different and special, a Porbeagle!

    "The shark began to circle my SIB slowly showing signs of curiosity.

    "My initial reaction was of disbelief as nothing like this has ever happened to me in my time at sea."

    Porbeagle sharks, which are a close relation to the great white, have been known to attack boats but such instances are extremely rare.

    Elsewhere in Australia, a woman recalled a horrifying shark encounter when a sea beast attacked her crew mates one by one after a storm capsized their boat in the middle of the night.

    A man from Brazil was killed when a shark ripped off the victim's hand and tore out a part of his leg as he took a leak in the shallow waters at a beach.

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