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Three boat mates Jack Lucas, Chris Pom and Adam Ellington were jigging for kingfish in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf when a small great white approached their boat. The shark began circling their boat and then attempted to take a bite out of their boat engine.
"You could feel it was going to take the motor off the boat or try to jump in," said Lucas.
The fisherman believe the shark was probably interested in the kingfish on board the boat. After biting the engine, the shark stayed close to the boat for another half hour before finally swimming away.