THIS is the breathtaking moment a diver came face-to-face with a large blue shark — before it appeared to give him a kiss.
Marine scientist Kevin Schmidt was leading an expedition off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, last weekend when the incredible encounter occurred six metres below the surface.
In extraordinary video captured by a British snapper the curious creature can be seen gracefully approaching the diver before nibbling at his goggles.
According to Kevin, the shark was showing no sign of aggression and was simply using its electro-receptors located around its mouth to figure out what he was.
Kevin, who works as an environmental consultant in Cape Town, says staring into the mouth of the shark was a moment to ‘treasure forever’.
He said: ‘On this particular trip, we were located 34km south-west of Cape Point where we hovered in six metres of water for over an hour with four blue sharks and three mako sharks.
‘Sharks in general are portrayed in such a negative light which does not reflect their true demeanor.
‘Sensationalism portrays violence and power which overshadows the grace and beauty these creatures possess.
‘By ignoring “Hollywood instincts” you can feel their presence in the water and it truly evokes the opposite of fear.
‘Excitement, wonder, and curiosity — which is clearly mirrored by them in this picture.
‘If you see a shark, consider yourself lucky and treasure the moment forever.’
The footage was shared on Instagram by photographer Steve Woods, who works in marine conservation, where it has been viewed over 23,000 times.
Steve, originally from Birmingham, wrote of the encounter: ‘There is absolutely no aggression here, and you just understand what the shark is doing and keep your cool, then you might be lucky enough to get a little kiss.’