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A fisherman has filmed the moment a juvenile great white shark swims towards an unsuspecting paddle boarder off the coast of a popular tourist haven.

Laurie Debono posted footage of an encounter with the three metre shark off Shoal Bay in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, showing how the great white glides past his boat before heading in the direction of the boarder.

‘Watch out mate there’s a big great white just here!’ Mr Debono screams to the person paddling in the shallows nearby.

Laurie Debono posted footage of an encounter with the three metre shark off Shoal Bay showing the great white glide past his boat before heading in the direction of the boarder

Laurie Debono posted footage of an encounter with the three metre shark off Shoal Bay showing the great white glide past his boat before heading in the direction of the boarder

Laurie Debono posted footage of an encounter with the three metre shark off Shoal Bay showing the great white glide past his boat before heading in the direction of the boarder 

The footage of the juvenile curiously swimming by was captured on Sunday from Mr Debono’s fishing boat.

‘Whoa, that is magnificent,’ he said as the shark gets up close to the side of the vessel before turning and gliding away.

The keen fisherman told Daily Mail Australia the shark was likely coming out of its juvenile stage, measuring between 2.5 metres to three metres.

Mr Debono, who has been fishing in the area for 45 years, said he ‘wasn’t threatened’ at all by the shark but wanted to alert the boarder of the ‘beautiful creature’. 

‘I could easily speak to the paddle board rider and advised him that there was a decent size shark there,’ he said.

‘At first he thought I was kidding…  then I advised him to swim back to shore… there were also bathers behind me as well.

‘I then spoke to these guys and told them to stay out of the water as they were on the rock area up to their waist.’

'I could easily speak to the paddle border rider and advised him that there was a decent size shark there,' Mr Debono said

'I could easily speak to the paddle border rider and advised him that there was a decent size shark there,' Mr Debono said

‘I could easily speak to the paddle border rider and advised him that there was a decent size shark there,’ Mr Debono said

The keen fisherman told Daily Mail Australia the shark was likely coming out of its juvenile stage, measuring between 2.5 metres - 3 metres

The keen fisherman told Daily Mail Australia the shark was likely coming out of its juvenile stage, measuring between 2.5 metres - 3 metres

 The keen fisherman told Daily Mail Australia the shark was likely coming out of its juvenile stage, measuring between 2.5 metres – 3 metres

Mr Debono said he doesn’t see a huge number of great whites in the area but this one was particularly curious. 

‘I am on the water a lot and a lot of the time I burley up while fishing and I don’t see a great deal of them at all,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘This fish wasn’t a monster by all means but it wasn’t a baby. They are such beautiful creatures and I wasn’t threatened at all by it.

‘I hate shark culling methods all together. My saying is if you are happy to run across a freeway all day every day, then surely one day you would expect to get hit it’s there environment not ours so let them be.’  

Source: Daily Mail

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