Huge 20ft great white shark circles fishermen as man yells ‘he’ll eat the boat’

A group of fisherman found themselves being circled by a monster great white shark, in terrifying footage going viral online.

One clip – taken off the coast of Santa Barbara in California, US – shows the anglers coming across the ominous black figure.

“Holy s***, is that a great white?” one asks before another adds: “It doesn’t look real. Oh my God.”

The scary sight sees one of the fishermen claim that he’s “never f***ing swimming again”.

In another video shared by, the apex predator approaches their boat before circling in front of them.

One brave man walks to the end of the vessel to get a better video – standing just feet away from the great white.

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“He’s going to eat the boat,” the person filming exclaims.

According to ABC7, the captain of the boat claimed the predator was between 18 to 20ft long.

He said that, even though he’s been fishing and running charter services in the area for over 20 years, the sight was a shock even for him.

It is not the first time one of the ocean’s most feared creatures has been filmed getting slightly too close for comfort.

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Last week, footage emerged of a great white doing a “drive-by” beneath the boat of startled fishermen in South Australia.

And a “battle-scarred” shark with shredded fins was recently filmed swimming past cage divers.

It comes as the heartbroken wife of a man who was mauled to death by a shark has surprisingly insisted she doesn't want the animal killed.

Gary Johnson was torn apart by one of the beasts last month off the coast of Western Australia.

But in a tribute to her partner, Karen Milligan said: "We were completely against shark culling, and I still am.

“We have watched with dismay the reduction of fish stocks over the years.”

Great white sharks gained their reputation after Steven Spielberg’s iconic thriller Jaws was released in 1975.

Along with tiger and bull sharks, they are responsible for the most amount of unprovoked attacks on humans.

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