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Great White Shark In Venice Beach, Calif. (VIDEO)

08/10/2012 03:36 pm ET | Updated Aug 11, 2012

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water...

A massive great white shark was spotted three miles off the coast of Venice Thursday evening, making circles around a small fishing boat in Marina Del Rey.

Resident Nico Schwarcz, who was on his friend's 18-foot fishing boat, told KTLA that the shark was "definitely a big enough shark to knock the boat over." The shark, whom Schwarcz called, "big daddy," convinced him and his friends to head back to shore -- but not before it left a few bite marks on the boat's motor.

This isn't the first great white sighting in California this summer. In July, a kayaker was attacked by a great white shark near Capitola, about 100 miles south of San Francisco, but he escaped without a scratch. But despite this recent incident, great white shark attacks are generally few and far between, and their primary diet consists of dolphins, sea lions and seals, notes Reuters.

Watch the video above and let us know in the comments below: what would you do if you saw a great white shark swimming toward your boat?

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