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The thought of coming up close and personal with a great white shark is enough to make most of us shudder with fright. But a nosey great white has shown its friendly side to divers in Guadelupe, Mexico.

Is he smiling or grimacing?

Is he smiling or grimacing?

As the curious carnivore showed its razor-sharp teeth and poked its head through the open roof of a shark-proof cage, it’s fair to assume the divers were saying their prayers. Thing is, it was only popping by for a quick hello.

Skyler Thomas, founder of White Shark Videos, explains how the team of divers awaited the arrival of sharks having lured them with the use of tuna heads on ropes: ‘We attracted several sharks around the boat and around the cages so that we could film them. This shark kept getting closer and closer, until its comfort level rose and its curiosity level rose.

‘The shark finally decided it wanted to take a closer look so it came up over the top of the cage where we happened to have been standing and got a little bit too close for comfort for the guy who was at the front.’

Too close for comfort

Too close for comfort

According to Skyler it was a surreal experience as the shark did not show any sign of aggression.

‘It’s pretty special behaviour – at least for me,’ says Skyler. ‘I haven’t seen that… We think it wanted to get more information and got a little closer.’

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