Over the years Port Fairy's David Goldstraw has heard plenty of stories about close encounters with great white sharks.
But it took more than 60 years for him to experience one himself.
And luckily, the 77-year-old's son Sam was on hand to capture evidence to show his mates at the yacht club.
On Friday, the father and son decided to head out to sea in search of snapper.
The two headed about 1.5 kilometres off the shore at Killarney.
"Dad had been to that exact same spot two days prior and caught some nice snapper," Mr Goldstraw said.
The inclement weather almost made the pair rethink their decision to head out.
"When we got out there it was pouring rain," Mr Goldstraw said.
"We were about 1.5 kilometres straight off the Killarney reef."
Mr Goldstraw said the two were considering turning back.
"We were getting wet and there were no fish biting," he said.
"There was thunder and lightning and we thought it wasn't a great idea to be out at sea with lightning."
Mr Goldstraw said there was a sudden change in the weather.
"The rain stopped and the sea went really glassy," he said.
"I was pulling up my bait and the shark came up to the side of the boat and scared the bejesus out of me," Mr Goldstraw laughed.
The father and son watched on in amazement as the shark calmly circled the boat.
"Really calmly it started to circle the boat and it stayed beside us for a good 30 minutes," Mr Goldstraw said.
"It was so serene and calm and not aggressive in any way."
The two estimate the shark was about five metres long.
Mr Goldstraw immediately reached for his phone and began to film video of the shark.
"I was leaning over the side taking the video and dad was saying 'you know Sam, that could launch at you'."
Mr Goldstraw said his dad said he had never seen anything like it in his decades of fishing.
When they arrived back in Port Fairy, Mr Goldstraw headed to the yacht club to tell his mates and share the evidence.
However, he was home shortly after, asking his son how he could access the video-proof on his son's Instagram account.
"Dad said he had never seen anything like it - that it was a once in a lifetime experience," Mr Goldstraw said.
Video of the encounter has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook, with one person incorrectly saying the footage was taken at Safety Beach in the Port Phillip Bay.
Well-known Warrnambool fisherman Peter Sandow said there were big sharks in south-west waters.
"People ask 'do we see sharks?' There's more and more about because you can't touch them," he said.
"White pointers are a protected species. If you spend time on or in the water it's only a matter of time before you come across a shark."
Mr Sandow said local abalone divers had been staying away from Lady Julia Percy Island, off Yambuk, as there were two white pointer sharks hunting seals in the area.
He said the shark on the video would be around 500 kilograms, equating to "hundreds and hundreds" of pieces of flake.
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