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Look what came out of the blue and took a bite out of my camera

Up close and personal: The sharks allowed Mr Barrett to touch their fins PICTURES: AARON BARRETT/SWNS

BLUE sharks swimming off the UK coast got up close to a swimmer — and even nibbled on his camera.

Footage was shot by Aaron Barrett, who was on a boat trip with his family when he encountered the school 20 miles off the coast of Plymouth.

Initially, the window cleaner, 31, was afraid but later ‘felt safer with them than being with a Jack Russell’.

The 7ft sharks appeared after the water was ‘chummed’ with mackerel. Mr Barrett jumped in after the first one arrived, but then lost sight of it.

He said: ‘That was a bit scary. It’s so deep there. Even though the water is so clear, you can’t see anything. I wasn’t sure if they were underneath us.’ But about five minutes later two sharks appeared — followed by several others.

‘I moved out from the boat and started to swim alongside them while touching the dorsal fin and also guiding a few inquisitive ones away from me,’ he said.

We’re all chums here: An inquisitive shark makes his way towards the divers

At one point, one of the sharks opened its mouth. ‘It took a little bite at the camera. I think they’re quite inquisitive, they kept coming back,’ he said.

Describing it as ‘a dream come true’, he added: ‘We’re already planning our next trip.’ Blue sharks are considered relatively harmless to humans and only appear in British waters in the summer.