Sharks chase fisherman in inflatable boat

Credit: Ian Waldie

Credit: Ian Waldie

Sharks surrounded and then chased a fisherman who was in an inflatable boat off the Australian coast, video shows.

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Rowan Lewis, a fisherman for more than 30 years, was offshore Wednesday when four 13-foot sharks, believed to be bronze whalers, approached, 9News reported.

"One's curiosity, but four's a pack," Lewis told 9News. "We threw the boat into gear to get away from them, and we put it into a tight turn just to see, and they were definitely following us."

The bronze whaler, also known as the copper shark, can pose a threat, according to Museums Victoria.

“While not usually aggressive, they are potentially dangerous to humans,” according to the museum.

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