As an ocean photographer, CarvedBanks has seen his fair share of sharks off the Australian coastline. But one incredible experience with a ‘huge’ great white has topped all other encounters.
Setting out on a jet ski early one morning with his brother, the Sydney-based photographer was on a mission to find a great white – and in the early morning light they soon found what they were looking for.
In spectacular drone footage, a “curious” great white almost the same length as their jet ski approaches them several times.
“We’ve come across some incredible creatures on the water but this encounter has to top the lot,” Carvedbanks wrote on his Instagram. “Curious great white shark came over for a closer inspection of us foreign aliens visiting their waters. A beautiful encounter with a fascinating creature.”
In the clip, the two men are stunned by the predator’s interest in them.
“He’s a decent size. He’s huge! He’s coming towards us,” they exclaim. “F***ing hell he is a beauty!”
Followers stunned by 'beautiful' footage
The video – which appears to have been filmed earlier this year – was reshared over the weekend, attracting more than 16,000 views.
On the original video, Carvedbanks described the encounter as “mind blowing”.
“To be this close to a great white is difficult to put into words, the excitement in our voices gives you some idea of how mind-blowing it was,” he wrote.
Viewers were stunned, with many labelling the video as “awesome”.
“So lucky! How incredible,” one person wrote.
“That’s soo beautiful,” said another.
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” one viewer added, while another joked that the brothers’ great white encounter was “followed by a great brown encounter”.
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