One diver reached out of his underwater cage and patted a Great White Shark on the nose.
Not content with merely watching the terrifying predator prowling the underwater environment.
The three scuba divers decide they want to get up close and personal.
One member of the group decides the only way to attract the shark’s attention is by teasing it with some bait. And so some food is floated out of the cage to attract attention.
Teasing the Great White Shark to move in for some food
This is the moment a deep-sea diver came perilously close to a Great White shark and proceeded to pat it on its nose
The cage swings from side to side as the huge sea beast clamps its mouth around the bait
The Great White swims up to the cage. And the diver leans his body between two rungs, and reaching out his hand, pats the beast on the nose.
The other two divers remain in the confines of the cage, one photographing the incredible, if not heart-stopping encounter.
The pictures, taken by Dmitry Vasyanovich, 47, from Moscow, Russia,
The perilous incident took place off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, a well known breeding ground for the fearsome shark..
Diver then pats the shark on the nose.
This diver will have been hoping the Great White had its eyes on the bait sent out for it, and not the human arm
There is no messing around, as the shark decides not to pass up a free meal and swims towards the diving cage before feasting
Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish on earth and typically grow to around 15 feet in length and weigh up to 5,000 pounds.
The 20-foot-long predator was first filmed near Mexico’s Guadalupe Island in 2013 and featured on Discovery Channel show Jaws Strikes Back.
Researchers tagged the enormous fish and videographer Mauricio Hoyos Padilla released footage of it interacting with the divers inside a cage.
Shortly after the predator led the group of researchers to where she more than likely feeds – an elephant seal colony.
At the time the fish was filmed it was pregnant and measured over six metres in length. Researchers estimated that the giant was also around 50 years old.
The Great White misjudges where the food is as its nose, that was later patted by one of the group, butts the cage
This photo shows the size of the magnificent, and deadly, sea animal as it circles the cage of three divers
Specker said: ‘I spent about six hours a day in shark cages for three days straight to capture the moment.
Normally sharks only attack just below the surface. Food is the only way to bring them in close enough to be filmed.
Chunks of tuna were tied to a rope and tossed in front of the cage.’
The filmmakers’ persistence paid off as the 15ft, 3,500 pound male leapt majestically in full view of the cameras.
The dive marked Specker’s first time first time being up close and personal with a Great White – the largest predatory shark in existence.