Jawsome encounter as fearless diver stares down throat of shark for a check-up

A fearless diver gets to grips with a huge tiger shark as he peers inside its jaws.

The 1,200lb sea beast was suspended upright in the water as Pierrick Seybald eased its nose backwards for a check-up.

The amazing up-close-and-personal snaps were taken in Moorea, French Polynesia.

Pierrick, dubbed the shark whisperer, said: “I’ve spent all my life with marine animals.

“I like to understand sharks’ behaviour. I communicate with them through body language.”

It was only this month that a man who was believed to have been "drunk" walked into the sea for a wee at a Brazilian beach and was killed by a shark in the shallow water.

A bystander photographed the mutilated corpse of 51-year-old Marcelo Rocha Santos after it was pulled from water.

The shark had torn off Santos’s hand and bitten a large chunk out of his leg.

The incident took place at Piedade Beach in the Brazilian city of Jaboatao dos Guararapes on Saturday 10th July.

Santos’s lifeless body was taken to hospital in the neighbouring city of Recife where he was later pronounced dead.

The attack took place off an area of the beach where there had been 12 previous shark attacks. A lifeguard was on duty at the time, but was unable to prevent the attack.

Mechanic Edriano Gomes told reporters that the victim had been drinking with friends. He entered the water at around 2 pm when the sky started to cloud over and the sea was becoming choppy.

Gomes said: "It was a friend of mine who was in the sea with the person who was attacked. Suddenly, he saw the man struggling. There was a lot of blood in the water."

Glazier Ademir Sebastiao was in the water with the victim when the attack took place.

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He told reporters: "As the beach has no bathroom, I went into the sea to pee. I was beside him with the water up to our waists."

Marcelo's friends brought the victim to shore where he fell to the ground unconscious.

It is not known what kind of shark attacked him, though experts say it was likely to have been either a bull shark ( Carcharhinus leucas) or a tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier).

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