IT'S not often someone describes their chance meeting with a great white shark as being lucky.
Keen local recreational fisherman, Jaz Klower and his partner, recently had a chance encounter with a great white shark while fishing about half a kilometre off Dolphin Point Burrill Lake.
Jaz said they felt lucky to see such an impressive creature of the sea.
"It was about three to three-and-half metres long and very inquisitive," Jaz said.
"It swam up to our 17 foot Haines Hunter boat and circled us for about half an hour off Dolphin Point, before deciding our boat was too big for lunch.
"My partner and I fish offshore very regularly and I have fished offshore all my life and this is the first great white I have seen.
"It was such a beautiful thing to see such an aggressive animal in its natural environment and consider my self very lucky to have seen it."
Jaz as been an off-shore fisherman all his life and been fishing locally for around 10-years.
According to the CSIRO white sharks occur in coastal, shelf, and continental slope waters around Australia from the Montebello Islands in north-western Western Australia, south around the coast to at least as far north as central Queensland including Tasmanian waters.
They also move between eastern Australia and south Pacific waters (including New Zealand) and between South Africa and Western Australia. The population implications of these movements are unknown.
Their movements indicate a pattern of temporary residency at favoured sites intermixed with periods of long-distance travel between such sites that may include common corridors of travel.
Areas close to favoured sites and common corridors of travel are likely to experience higher encounter frequencies with white sharks.