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Huge 15-foot Great White Shark drags fishing boat in terrifying drone footage

Mirror logo Mirror 13/10/2017 Kelly-Ann Mills

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A fisherman's terrifying encounter with a Great White Shark has been caught on camera by a drone hovering overhead.

The 15-foot shark attacks the crab boat before circling around under the water and thrashing at it a second time.

The man on board the small twin-engined boat frantically rushes over to try and shoo the animal away.

The footage was recorded near Port Lincoln in South Australia.

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The area is popular with tourists wanting to try cage diving with the huge animals, with the Australian shark tourism industry bringing in more than £15m a year.

Port Lincoln is Australia's top place to cage dive with Great White Sharks, while people head to Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia for snorkelling with whale sharks, while diving with grey nurse sharks is most popular in New South Wales.

Although back in August strict new feeding limits have been put on to cage diving operators in the Port Lincoln Area.

The Adelaide Advertiser reported that the two operators licensed to use berley are now restricted to 120kg of berley and “teaser” baits per trip and this will decrease to 100kg per day in a year.

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And if a shark grabs a teaser bait or crashes into an underwater viewing cage while trying to eat it, all berleying activity must cease for 15 minutes.

The restrictions are designed to reduce the amount of berley being used and stop sharks being fed during such activity.

Feeding and teasing sharks is banned elsewhere in state waters.

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