Man 'pats' huge great white shark in Mexico

Seemingly gives no thought for his arm...

Man 'pats' huge great white shark, doesn't worry about arm

These daredevil divers decided that the sight of a great white shark wasn't thrilling enough, so opted to entice it in with a hunk of bait.

The pictures, taken by Dmitry Vasyanovich, 47, from Moscow, Russia, show the divers reeling the ocean monster in before, remarkably, attempting to tap it on the snout.

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The perilous incident took place off the coast of Guadalupe Island in Mexico.

Man 'pats' huge great white shark, doesn't worry about arm

The island is home to what is thought to be one of the biggest known great white sharks, the 20ft Deep Blue.

She was caught on camera by Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, a conservationist trying to protect the species.

Last year, Mr Padilla famously posted a video of himself 'high fiving' the shark while shooting a documentary for the Discovery Channel.

His team tries to tag pregnant sharks and determine their nursery grounds in order to give the Mexican Government the information to help protect them.

The great white shark can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans.

It is mainly known for its size, with mature individuals growing up to 6.4m (21ft) in length (although reports have been published of great white sharks measuring over 8m (26ft)).

This shark reaches its maturity around 15 years of age and was previously believed to have a life span of over 30 years. The true lifespan of great white sharks is far longer, now estimated to be as long as 70 years or more, making it one of the longest lived cartilaginous fish currently known.

The great white shark has no natural predators other than the killer whale. It is one of the primary predators of marine mammals and is also known to prey upon a variety of other marine animals, including fish and seabirds.

It is ranked first in having the most recorded attacks on humans, however it is not believed to deliberately target people.

The IUCN list the great white shark as a vulnerable species.

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