Shark attacks fishing boat

Cape Town – A great white shark attacked an inflatable fishing boat off Strandfontein in the Western Cape, IOL reported on Tuesday.

“I was less than an arm’s length away from the shark and all I could see were its giant rows of teeth,” one of the passengers, Graham Claasen, was quoted as saying.

“It was horrific. I thought the boat would sink.”

Claasen was one of five passengers and two owners aboard the boat, which was anchored about 2km out to sea when the shark attacked.

The crew were fishing for smooth hound sharks, which great whites prey on. One of the passengers had pulled a smooth hound onto the boat when the great white took hold of the side of the boat.

The damaged boat, with a gash of about half-a-metre long, drew much attention at Kalk Bay harbour on Monday. A number of the shark’s teeth were found in the hull.

The shark was estimated to be about 7m long and its teeth between 5cm and 6cm long.

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