A paddleboarder had an extremely close and peaceful encounter with a great white shark off Cape Cod on Friday and amazing aerial photos of the moment were captured by a shark spotter pilot.
Impressive pictures shared on social media show the man paddleboarding in the waters off Nauset Beach in Orleans, Massachusetts, as the huge shark swims close.
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The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy posted the photos on Twitter and wrote: "Incredible aerial images by our spotter pilot Wayne Davis of a white shark close to a stand up paddle boarder off Nauset Beach yesterday."
Incredible aerial images by our spotter pilot Wayne Davis of a white shark close to a stand up paddle boarder off Nauset Beach yesterday. pic.twitter.com/7uKga1lncj— Atlantic White Shark (@A_WhiteShark) October 8, 2016
Paddleboarder Terence Roche, identified by the Boston Globe, said he had no idea the shark was there.
"But then I saw the spotter plane, and the plane isn't out there looking for me," he said. "I was in the centre of the plane's circle, so I got out of the water."
Writing on its Facebook page, it said: "It's likely these peaceful encounters occur frequently, but rare to get an image of it!"