THIS is the terrifying moment a giant shark pursued two paddleboarders and “parted to kill” them in a rare encounter.
The apex predator circled the pair in shallow water before slowing, sliding between them head-on and dividing them.
The incredibly “rare” encounter in waters off California, USA, was captured by shark lover Scott Fairchild and shared on his Instagram account.
“Sometimes great whites are self-consciously curious,” the videographer said.
“Normally, self-preservation always comes first. This is less common when deliberately approaching head-on and stopping when you notice it when there is a perfect triangle of separation.
“Then the decision to put yourself in the middle between two people. As always, his spatial awareness is on point, dividing the difference perfectly.”
It is not entirely clear what species of shark the clip is about.
Another clip showed the terrifying moment a large white man swam straight for a stand-up paddleboarder.
The swimmer spots the shark and decides to calmly regroup and avoid the underwater beast.
Fairchild shares clips of shark encounters to help change public perceptions of the highly attuned hunter.
“These great whites are not some mindless monster to be smeared, as is often the case in movies or news,” he wrote in a recent post.
“These are highly skilled and intelligent animals that deserve our respect and protection.”
Sharks typically pursue their prey before attacking, but less often approach them “head-on”.
According to animal.mom.com, active hunters will circle their food from afar before moving in to kill.
They are most likely to hunt in the early morning or late evening when there is less light entering the water and they are harder to see.
Last month, a shark was filmed swimming in the rising tides of Hurricane Ian.
A Video shared on Twitter on Wednesday, capturing the creature as it smashed against the surf waters off Fort Myers as Florida was battered by the deadly 155-mph storm.
The shark’s fins can leap out of the shallow water about 100 meters inland in the city’s downtown area.
Rather than fear, some Twitter users showed sympathy for the battling shark.
“Poor shark is stuck now,” wrote one.
Someone replied, “He needs some help out there.
Other users added some humor and called it a scene from “Sharknado”.
Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cayo Costa, Florida, on Wednesday with winds reaching 155 miles per hour.
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