Great white shark attacks family's fishing boat in terrifying footage

The sea monster circled the family's small fishing boat for an hour before launching its attack

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Terrifying video footage shows the moment a massive great white shark started chomping at a family boat during an Easter fishing trip.

The spine-tingling encounter happened off the coast of Mandurah, south of Perth, Australia where the apex predator stalked the seven metre boat for hours before launching an attack at its motor.

David Tuckfield, his wife Tanya and son Shelby captured the moment the huge shark circled the boat trapping the terrified family on board.

The sea monster first reared out the water when 14-year-old son Shelby was reeling in his fishing line to get a small fish off the road.

Drag row
The moment the great white shark tried to take a bite out of the boat's motor
The moment the great white shark tried to take a bite out of the boat's motor
The great white shark reared its head out of the water bearing its teeth
The great white shark reared its head out of the water bearing its teeth

Shelby said: “It was like two metres from the surface and all you could see was the teeth and this big mouth coming out.”

It then started thrashing at the vessel's sides, trying to take chunks out the motor and tear its yellow buoys off.

In the video, mum Tanya can be heard letting out a blood-curdling scream.

Speaking to Australia's 9News, Mr Tuckfield said the shark was between three and four metres long and attacked the boat several times.

He said: "We had a big visitor from the deep come up, nice size ... white pointer.

"He tried to take a chunk out of the motor, we were mesmerised. Such a big majestic creature.

"We don't appreciate them until you see them up close and it is their playground."

Mr Tuckfield, who frequently fishes in the area, said he has never seen a shark that size, or one come that close to the boat.

Eventually, the beast, estimated to be 14 feet long, left the stunned family alone and they returned safely home.