The fishy tale of a great white shark stealing a bronze whaler from two fishermen on Tauranga waters has been joined by other strange sightings at sea.
Kerry Grant and William McIntosh were fishing 1.5km from a beacon near the entrance to Tauranga Harbour when a “huge” great white rose from the depths to snatch a bronze whaler the men had just released.
The story circulated around the Bay over the weekend, although many were sceptical.
“I don’t expect anyone to believe us actually,” Mr Grant said. “The one reason we reported it was for the safety of people. We know what we saw, we were just as surprised as anyone.”
Mr Grant has been fishing for 20 years and is familiar with the shark varieties found in Tauranga waters.
He is adamant the shark was a great white.
Mr Grant had just released a bronze whaler and was watching it speed away when the great white appeared and swiftly killed his shark.