Captain records shark encounter in Gulf of Mexico

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Captain Records Shark Encounter In Gulf Of Mexico

When Captain Scott Fitzgerald felt a bump in his boat just a few miles from the coast off the Gulf of Mexico, a great white likely wasn't the first thing that came to mind.

"Holy moly, look how big he is!" Fitzgerald​ said.

While it's hard to see from the footage, Fitzgerald claims the shark apparently decided to have a little fun with the boat's trolling motor, which is pretty obvious through pictures of the aftermath.

"He's attacking my boat," Fitzgerald said.

Just take a look at these photos, where you can clearly see what look like bite marks. It's a wonder he didn't tear the whole thing off.

We should note shark attacks on humans are rare. In the U.S., from 1916-2011, there were around 100 great white attacks -- 13 of those were deadly.

Still, we'll take a pass on getting up close and personal with a great white ...

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Captain records shark encounter in Gulf of Mexico
FILE - In this undated file publicity image provided by Discovery Channel, a great white shark swims near Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico. The Discovery network special “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives,” opened Discovery’s annual “Shark Week” on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. With an estimated 4.8 million viewers, it had the largest audience of any show in the 26 years that Discovery has made “Shark Week” a part of its summer programming, the Nielsen company said. (AP Photo/Discovery Channel, Andrew Brandy Casagrande, File)
Great white shark nearby Dyer Island, South Africa
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Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, Pacific ocean, Guadalupe, Mexico
Great white sharks swim around the boat during a shark festival in Gansbaai, South Africa, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007. The self-proclaimed Great White Capital of the world hosted a weekend festival to dispel the myths and misconceptions that have plagued the shark since the film "Jaws" which portrayed the mighty predator as an indiscriminate killing machine. (AP Photo/Obed Zilwa)
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