Saturday, March 20, 2010

Putting your hand into gigantic Great White Shark mouth? Don Carpenter done that!!!

Despite staring into the jaws of death, this diver still had the presence of mind to take a picture.

This amazing image from photographer Don Carpenter show him fending off a Great White shark, pushing its snout, then putting his hand in its mouth. More astonishing photos, taken from a nearby cage, show how powerful these killers are as the 15ft, one-and-a-half ton shark attacks.

The shots were taken off Guadeloupe Island, Mexico by Mr Carpenter, who spent two days diving with the female Great White.

Due to local regulations, he was not allowed to scatter fish guts, known as 'chumming', or put decoys in the water to attract the beasts - so meeting this shark really was a natural experience.

The group of divers were in the cages 30 feet down when the Great White approached, first checking out Don's cage, where he got snapped the close-up - and avoided being snapped himself.

Mr Carpenter said 'Don't kid yourself for one minute - when you're practically touching the nose of a Great White you're thinking two things: how fast can I get back into the cage and will it hurt when she rips my torso off and leaves my legs standing there.

The shark then switched its attention to the other cage. 'Without a reference point this Great White wouldn't look particularly big, but next to the cage filled with divers you can see how big she is.

'It was all very quick but you can see the diver pushing the shark away. Don even captured him with his hand in her mouth at one point. (this guy is crazy)

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