A great white shark’s teeth aren’t to be taken lightly.
But one brave diver didn’t hesitate in putting one of his hands mere centimetres away from one specimen’s huge gnashers when it became jammed in his diving cage.
He then pushed the shark away in a feat of bravery that was captured in dramatic footage.
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The dramatic moment Eli Martinez pushes away a 14ft great white shark with his hand after it became stuck in his cage
The huge animal was captured ramming into the cage during a diving expedition off Guadalupe Island
Martinez watches as the giant predator swims away from his cage. It’s thought that it weighed 2,000lbs
This grab from the expedition shows just how huge the animal was, with it dwarfing a diver who’s filming it with a selfie stick
The jaw-dropping moment came courtesy of Eli Martinez while he was on a cage-diving operation off Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
A few seconds beforehand, the 14ft predator had partially launched itself out of the water to grab a hunk of meat.
Upon landing back in the ocean, the 2,000lb shark’s momentum carried it on a collision course with the experienced tour guide’s enclosure.
After getting its jaws stuck on one of the bars, Eli calmly placed his palm under the massive fish’s nose and shoved it off the metal and away to safety.
Just moments before it rammed the cage the shark had grabbed a hunk of meaty bait
Martinez said: ‘I wasn’t stressed out, I was actually excited that I was able to help’
Eli, from Alamo, Texas, said: ‘This was the first time I had seen a shark get stuck when I was in the cage.
‘White sharks sometimes misjudge the distance to the cage and accidentally get stuck.
‘It just felt heavy in my hand, so I just pushed her back until she was able to move herself out of harm’s way.
‘I wasn’t stressed out, I was actually excited that I was able to help.
‘It happened so fast that I didn’t even think about what I was doing. I just didn’t want the shark to get hurt.’
Martinez added: ‘It happened so fast that I didn’t even think about what I was doing. I just didn’t want the shark to get hurt’