Great white shark appears to grin at the camera and then lunges at bait in stunning close-up
That’s Jaws-ome! The great white shark appears to be grinning at the camera, then leaping for the bait in stunning close-up photos taken in Mexico
- Snaps show a mighty great white shark taking a bite of its next meal
- Its jaws open wide, ready to devour its prey as the massive predator approaches
- The photos were taken in Mexico, about 130 miles off the coast of Baja California
A mighty great white shark prepares to take a bite of its next meal in Guadeloupe, Mexico.
Its jaws open wide to devour its prey as the huge predator approaches its target.
One image shows a shark watching the photographer jump out of its cage while surrounded by a flurry of black and white striped fish.
Great white sharks came to prominence in the 1975 movie ‘Jaws’ and are feared by many who go into the ocean.
A mighty great white shark taking a bite of its next meal in Guadeloupe, Mexico
An image shows the shark appearing to be posing for the camera while surrounded by a flurry of black and white striped fish
The photographer said he was not afraid of the shark: ‘The sharks are curious, but not aggressive towards us’
Great white sharks can grow to be about 20 feet long and weigh up to 6600 pounds, heavier than a car.
Euan Rannachan took the photos about 130 miles off the coast of Baja California.
“A great male white shark was interested in the bait and made some half-hearted attempts to catch it,” he said.
“When those failed, it went full of predator on the line right in front of me.”
The photographer said he was not shocked by the experience.
“I never felt scared in the cage,” he said.
“Once you’re in the water with these animals, it’s easy to show how peaceful it is and not at all scary.
“The sharks are curious, but not aggressive towards us.”
Sharks use their noses to detect prey in the water, sense electrical signals in the water and even ‘hear’ a heartbeat.
“White sharks have small, jelly-filled sacs, mainly in their noses, called Ampullae de Lorenzini,” he said.
“They use these jelly-filled holes to sense electrical impulses in the water, like an animal in distress.
“They can also use these sensors to feel your heartbeat in the cage.”
Great white sharks can grow to be about 20 feet long and weigh up to 6600 pounds, heavier than a car
Sharks use their noses to detect prey in the water, sense electrical signals in the water and even ‘hear’ a heartbeat
A shark’s dorsal fin is seen above the water, a clear signal to swimmers of an approaching predator in the water
‘Once you are in the water with these animals it is easy to show how peaceful it is and not at all scary
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They swim at a speed of up to 60 km/h on full fur and jump out of the water under their prey
They attack 5-10 people every year, but usually just take a ‘monster bite’ out of curiosity before swimming away
Great Whites can live up to 70 years old
They are colored white at the bottom so they are harder to see from below with sunlight shining down
They have several rows of teeth that can run into the thousands
When their teeth fall out, they are replaced by razor-sharp teeth in the row behind them
Male great white sharks generally arrive at the same time in the Farallon Islands off the coast of California and the offshore island of Guadalupe, Mexico from late July to August, and females arrive at these locations several weeks after that.
The sharks are observed at their gathering sites on the coast through February.
Great white sharks are opportunists, feeding from the ocean surface to the sea floor
Smaller great whites prey on fish, rays, and crustaceans, but larger ones also eat seals, sea lions, dolphins, seabirds, sea turtles, rays, and other sharks