Dou shaken by crab-pot raid
Commercial crab fisherman Steve Dasilva and deckhand Luke Christian. Picture: Guy Magowan/The West Australian

A Warnbro crab fisherman and his deckhand have described their terror when a 5-6m great white shark attacked one of their crab pots, nearly flinging them into the ocean.

Fisherman Steve Da Silva and deckhand Luke Christian were 1.5km off the coast in Warnbro Sound, near Saxon Reef, about 8am yesterday when the shark attacked.

"It came out of nowhere," Mr Da Silva said, after arriving back on land yesterday afternoon.

"The pot, which was full of crabs, was almost out of the water when the shark came straight at it.

"It took a big bite out of it.

"The shark's tail hit the side of the boat and the force of it tipped it a bit . . . for a second there I thought we were going in." Mr Da Silva has been fishing in waters around Rockingham for nearly 15 years and said he had never seen a shark so big.

"It was huge," he said. "It was nearly the size of the boat (7m), I'm not joking. I've never seen anything like that before."

Mr Christian said the attack reminded him of a shark documentary. "It was like when the sharks attack the seals and actually fling themselves out of the water," he said.

"The force was unreal."

The men were unaware of the attack in Mullaloo, 45 minutes before their experience.

The attack was reported to the Department of Fisheries.

WA Fisheries shark response unit manager Michael Burgess said the two attacks, more than 60km apart, were likely to have been by different sharks, adding there was "some type of shark activity occurring along the Perth coast".

"Obviously the whales are on their migratory pattern at the moment and there's a lull between two storms," he said.

'The two attacks, more than 60km apart, are likely by different sharks.'" *Michael Burgess *,

shark response unit officer

The West Australian

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