Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A woman out fishing with friends on her boat off the coast of Florida captured video of a large great white shark that approached the vessel and took a bite out of a motor.
Erika Almond said she and her friends were fishing for amberjack about 65 miles south-southwest of Tampa Bay in her 34-foot SeaVee, named "Offshore Therapy," when the great white shark approached.
"It was breathtaking. It came right up and took a chunk out of one of our motors," Almond told WTVT-TV.
She said shark sightings are not unusual in the area, but this experience was unique.
"It's not unusual, we expect sharks when you're fishing and chumming like that but what made this unique was it was about a 14- to 16-foot great white shark. We couldn't believe what we were seeing," she said.
Almond said Capt. Tyler Levesque was at one point able to reach down and touch the shark.
"At one point he even rolled over like he wanted us to rub his belly," Almond said of the shark.
Almond said that, despite the minor damage to her boat, she is grateful for the encounter.
"We knew it was a special moment," she said. "It's truly an amazing experience to see all the things we see offshore and you never know what you're going to find."