Australian filmmaker and certified insane person Ash Gibb recently got cozy with a great white shark. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Gibb gets into the water with naught but a snorkel and a GoPro, according to his description of the video.
He told ABC he was surprised by the shark even though he was hoping to have an encounter with one. "I dove down. I was in about five meters of water getting a great shot of this fish and I felt this massive thump from behind," Gibb said. "Very quickly I saw the great white shoot into the picture."
The shark circles a couple times and gets intensely close to the camera on a couple passes.
"At first I was quite excited. I thought, great, this is what I came for," he said. "The biggest thing for me was just focusing on my breathing. I didn't want to show that I was scared. I reminded myself of my belief about sharks, which is the fact that they don't eat humans on purpose. We're not their food. I think that's sort of what got me through a lot of nerves because it was very intense. Even though I wanted to go and do that, it was a very testing situation."
Even if he's shaking at the end (and assuming there are no photographic tricks at play), he's a madman with nerves of steel. The result is some fantastic footage of a great white shark.