A group of friends seeking bait off the shore of New Zealand encountered a great white shark that one of the young men reached out and touched.

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Hamish Clarke posted a video to Facebook showing the curious shark approaching the boat while the friends were catching live bait for a fishing competition Saturday.

One of the boat's excited occupants announces he was able to reach down and touch the shark.

"That's made my day," the young man says.

A second passenger in the boat shows more reverence for the shark's deadly capabilities.

"Don't lose your hand. Better watch out bro," he says.