White sharks have earned not the best reputation but one curious character appeared to be quite friendly and even flashed a smile for one daring cameraman.
The 14.5ft long white shark got up-close and personal with Australian documentary filmmaker Dave Riggs.
The magnificent fish demonstrated its razor sharp teeth, giving the human a once in a lifetime shot.
The image was taken three months after a great battle had taken place between orca and sharks in which the latter had banished from the Neptune Islands, South Australia, in February.
Dave Riggs was taking photographs when the curious creature appeared on the surface.
“We’d just come back from Port Lincoln in South Australia, and while we were over there, we ran into one of the most remarkable animals I’ve ever seen,” Riggs said in a video made for Discovery’s Shark Week.
“It was a female great white. She was around four and a half meters in length, and extremely inquisitive of what we were and what we were doing.”
“They’re basically very curious — any vessels that pull up in the location, the sharks will come and have a look,” Mr Riggs shared his emotions with reporters. “It’s not being aggressive, it was not attempting to kill anyone, it was just very curious.”
“It really looked like a throwback to the dinosaur era, it was quite incredible to be honest,” he added. “I think it’s a perfect illustration as to why we need to preserve it; it really is the last living relic of a bygone era.”
The cameraman insists that great white sharks get an unnecessarily bad wrap from humans.
“It’s like any top-of-the-line, apex predator; you grab a cat by the tail and give it a pull and see what happens… all animals are aggressive in their own way, and great whites just happen to have very sharp, pointy teeth,” he noted.
Breathtaking footage shows the massive creature as it approaches the crew’s boat with its mouth open, again exposing its giant teeth.
“Great whites don’t have hands, so she was researching the area the only way she knows how, and that’s with her mouth,” Riggs said. “This photo is quite dramatic, but it really highlights how awesome these apex predators are.”
However, previous experince shows that usually white sharks don’t act so friendly.
Last month a film crew were terrified after a shark decided to make his presence known.
A New Zealand MP has made calls for such practices to be prohibited through fears that the sharks may become more aggressive towards humans.
MP Clayton Mitchell said: “When you start bringing the sharks in close to your boat for the thrill-seekers, like any animal their behaviour becomes modified.”