Great white encounter for Wellington fishermen

A COUPLE of fishermen had frightening but thrilling encounter with a great white shark north of Wellington.

Two fishermen in a 12-foot aluminium dinghy got a fright at Pukerua Bay, when a shark almost as big as their boat tried to steal a blue cod off their line.

Shark expert Clinton Duffy says a lot of great whites return to New Zealand waters from the tropics at this time of year.

"They are completely different from any other shark you are likely to encounter, and around the coast of New Zealand they are much bigger and much heavier set than any other shark of the same length.

"Obviously they are not really afraid of very much."

Clinton Duffy says great whites don't often attack boats, and when they do it is usually only when they are teased with bait.


Motorway shut-down after crash involving 'several' vehicles

Motorway shut-down after crash involving 'several' vehicles

Police have not arrived on scene, delays are expected

Shoppers are no longer carrying their wallets

Shoppers are no longer carrying their wallets

CONSUMERS are ditching their wallets in droves and instead choosing to pay other...

Your next career: Inside the life of a snake catcher

Your next career: Inside the life of a snake catcher

They've been bitten on the crotch and come close to death

Local Partners