By Katie Evans
A GREAT WHITE shark has been captured looking down the lens of a British photographer’s underwater camera, showcasing his hefty one-tonne build and 300 razor sharp teeth.
Another image shows the great white breaching as it bites into a piece of bait, highlighting the power of these awesome sea predators.
The predator can also be seen just beneath the surface of the rippling water, fin submerged in the classic Jaws pose.
The incredible photographs were taken by UK photographer Euan Rannachan (32) who travels to Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico every year in order to capture these magnificent animals.
“I try and show how unassuming and graceful these massive creatures can be, while also at a flip of a switch how accurate and precise they can be in their attack,” he explained.
“These animals, while apex predators, are really much more. And you really don’t appreciate that until you are in the water with them.
“When you see they are really not there to eat you but just curious like we are… it allows you to totally relax and just enjoy their company.
“Sometimes I will go into the cage even without my camera just to hangout!”
Great whites are perhaps the most feared species of all sharks and are at the top of the food chain.
Their powerful tails can help them swim at over 37mph and their sense of smell is legendary.
Euan says that whilst great whites have bad reputations, he hopes to help change people’s perspectives on these large fish.
“There are two places in the world where you can easily see large white sharks. Seal Island in South Africa and Guadalupe Island,” said Euan.
“The benefit of Guadalupe is the water visibility. On a good day it is staggeringly clear, lending itself really well to photographing the sharks.
“There is always a part of your body as a 16ft great white slowly moves past you, only sometimes inches away, that really makes you feel very small on this planet.”
“Another thing that’s surprising about these massive fish is just how quiet they are.
“That might be the thing that really struck me the first time I was down there. Even with the water clarity we have near the island, you will sometimes not see a shark until its right next to you because of how salient it approaches.”
To keep up with Euan’s latest work, see his work on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/euanart/?hl=en
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