Remarkable underwater footage shows the moment when a shark rushes towards a diver and begins munching on its prey.
The clip was shot at a depth of 23 feet in the waters off Porto de Santo Antonio Noronha in the heavenly Fernando de Noronha archipelago 220 miles from Brazil.
The video shot on May 4 shows the artisan fisherman Felipe Rogerio “fighting” with a shark for his catch of fish below the surface of the water.
Rafael Mesquita Ferreira, who filmed the footage, told Zenger News: “The sharp-nosed shark appeared, attracted by the smell, and attacked the line three times, grabbing two cones and trying to bite a squirrel, but he many thorns, so he was unable to do it.
“The fishermen involved are authorized to do this type of fishing in Noronha and it is forbidden to try to prevent the shark from approaching the fish.
“The person who appears in the video is Felipe Rogerio, Fernando de Noronha’s resident and tour guide. He was fishing with another resident and friend, Nego. Both are licensed to fish in the archipelago.
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“The sharp-nosed shark appeared while fishing and I was following him, capturing the images.
“The shark appeared and took two fish from the line and we did nothing because they are protected animals on the island and we cannot interfere with their behavior.
“I took advantage of the situation to record the shark’s actions!
“Besides that, there were other sharks of the nurse shark species.”
Nego, whose real name is Erivaldo Alves da Silva, added: “I thought it was funny, it was a medium-sized shark.
“He tried to swallow a bigger fish and he couldn’t, it couldn’t fit in his mouth. My friend and I laughed a lot, it was a lot of fun.”
The Brazilian sharp-nosed shark is, fortunately for divers, relatively small compared to most sharks, and when fully grown it will rarely be larger than about 2.5 feet.
It is considered vulnerable in Brazil due to intensive fishing, and many experts believe that even this state does not adequately reflect how endangered it is currently.
In addition to the threat of being targeted as a food source, it is also at risk of water pollution, plastic ingestion, and plastic entrapment.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.