A family in Australia had a close encounter with a Great White Shark while they went out fishing in their boat last weekend. A terrifying video showing the 14-foot shark circling the family's boat, attempting to chomp down its motor has gone viral on social media.

David Tuckfield, his wife Tanya and their teen son Shelby were fishing on the coast of Mandurah, south of Perth in Australia on April 15, when they had the jaw-dropping encounter, as reported by 9 News.

The Great White Shark reportedly did not leave the family for an hour and kept circling their 24-foot boat while attempting to snatch the teen’s catch.

The video of the encounter shows the predator rising out of the water showing its sharp teeth and then trying to take a bite at the boat's motor."He’s trying to eat the motor!" Tanya could be heard screaming at the top of her voice in the background.

"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 mesmerized," Tuckfield told 9 News.

When the animal first approached the boat, it focused on Shelby's catch. However, it later got fixated on the boat's motor. The video ends by showing the shark leaving after failing to bite down the motor.

Despite the damage sustained to their boat, no one was injured in the incident. "He was giving it a good nudge. You could feel the boat move a little bit when he hit it," Tuckfield recollected, as reported by Lad Bible.

Although Tuckfield goes out fishing very often, it was his first experience seeing a shark in close proximity and that too of such enormous size. "I had goosebumps! I have never seen a shark that large before. Such a big majestic creature. We don’t appreciate them until you see them up close, and it is their playground," Tuckfield added.

An autopsy report released last month showed that a bodyboarder in California who was found dead on Christmas Eve in Morro Bay was killed in an attack by a 16-foot great white shark.

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A moment when a shark researcher was almost bitten by the very subject of his research was captured in a rare video. In this photo, a Great White Shark is attracted by a lure on the "Shark Lady Adventure Tour" in Gansbaai, South Africa, Oct. 19, 2009. Getty Images/ Dan Kitwood