There may not have been any ominous music playing while the setting sun created a colorful backdrop on this steamy day, but the real-life scene off the coast in Venice Beach, CA, was still a heart-pounding one for a couple of fishermen.
And the August 9 close encounter was caught on home video. [CLICK TO WATCH]
Angler Nico Schwarcz told KTLA the shark, believed to have been larger than the fishing vessel, swam up to his friend's boat and began a slow and calculated circuit around it.
"It was definitely a big enough shark to knock the boat over," Schwarcz told the local news station."
After the shark exhibited some apparent signs of aggression by chomping down on the boat's motor, Schwarcz and company high-tailed it back to shore.
Since protection laws were enacted in 1994, the carnivorous animal has been flourishing in the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean, near Los Angeles.
However, officials say great whites have also been known to consume objects they are unable to digest -- like parts of a boat.