Kyle Morningstar was fishing with his friends off Ponce Inlet on the east coast of Florida Saturday when he spotted a dark shadow in the water slowly approaching his boat.
"We ran around our boat and that monster shark just circled around us, did two laps just checking us out", Morningstar told the Herald. "I don't know what it is!' And right as he got to the front of the boat, it got into plain view where we could see it and he stated, 'Oh man, that's a great white!'"
Morningstar said that he has never encountered a great white shark other than seeing them on Shark Week.
Morningstar, 31, of Port Orange, said when the anchor began to rise he saw a group of remora fish moving quickly toward what looked like a large gray spot, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Great white sharks are not an uncommon sight around Florida, particularly during the winter months.
The shark disappeared into the deep, Morningstar said, but the video is going viral - a once-in-a-lifetime encounter, now spreading worldwide. The fish swimming with the shark are a combination of remora and cobia, Burgess said Sunday. "Oh my (expletive) God, bro".
"He's coming up to the surface", one of them yelled in a video they shot of the incident and posted on Instagram. "What a rush." Another added: "I would have died".
Morning called the encounter "shocking" and said he "couldn't believe it happened". The remora, usually two to two-and-a-half feet long, "gives you an idea of how big the shark really is", he said. "However, most of these are not fatal, and new research finds that great whites, who are naturally curious, are "sample biting" then releasing their victims rather than preying on humans".
Spotting a Great White shark off the coast of Central Florida has become more common in recent years.