By Alex Taylor

DRAMATIC underwater footage captures the moment a Great White shark turns into a real-life Jaws – jumping out of the water to ravage tuna bait

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Videographer / Director: Elke Specker
Producer: Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas

Magnificent: The animal surged from the ocean to snatch its feed

Known as ‘breaching’, the predatory behaviour mirrors the instinctive moves made when sharks attacks seals.

Predator: The great white is the largest predatory shark in existence

The footage was shot by cinematographer Elke Specker during a five day trip to Guadalupe island, Mexico – a well known breeding ground for the fearsome shark.

Hair-raising: Food was the only way to bring the shark close enough to be filmed

Specker said: “I spent about six hours a day in shark cages for three days straight to capture the moment.

Beast: The 15ft long male weighs 3,500 pounds

“Normally sharks only attack just below the surface. Food is the only way to bring them in close enough to be filmed.

'Awe-inspiring': Elke was stunned to see the creature leap out of the water

"Chunks of tuna were tied to a rope and tossed in front of the cage.”

Up-close and personal: Normally sharks only attack just below the surface of the water

The filmmakers’ persistence paid off as the 15ft, 3,500 pound male leapt majestically in full view of the cameras.

The dive marked Specker’s first time first time being up close and personal with a Great White – the largest predatory shark in existence.

Submerged: Elke spent six hours a day in the water for three days straight

“It is awe inspiring and quite intimidating coming face to face with them. You know your time could be up at any second, if they really wanted you,” she said.

Adventurous: Elke captured the images on a five day trip to Gaudaloupe island

But despite the sharks’ immense power, the producer of ocean conservationist films is keen to make clear that we have no reason to fear them.

Adrenaline: Elke felt her 'time could be up' at any second
Safe and sound: despite her close encounter, Elke says that humans pose a far greater threat to Great Whites than vice versa

"Great Whites may seem fierce, but humans are far more dangerous to them than they are to us,” she added.