By Mikey Jones
These scuba divers showed no fear as they were pictured hand-feeding deadly hammerhead sharks.
The daring divers can be seen swimming alongside the distinctive-looking predators and standing on the sea bed as they hand the sharks huge pieces of meat – with their fingers just centimetres away from rows of sharp teeth.
Marine biologist and speech therapist, Christina Barringer, caught the heart-stopping moment on camera during a trip to the Bahamas.
The 30-year-old, from South Florida, joined Neal Watson and his dive team alongside dive master and shark feeder Jamie Ferguson.
She said: “This was a special opportunity to see the great hammerheads up close, as they can be quite shy and are unfortunately, endangered.
“As the sharks swam up to us I couldn’t help but admire their beauty. They are so large and powerful and yet so graceful and peaceful. As they swim by you can feel their power.
“The great hammerhead shark is the largest of the hammerhead shark species.
“Neal and Jamie are experienced and well-trained hand feeders. Neal Watson and his dive team have completed six full seasons of baited dives successfully.
“We don’t feel that it’s dangerous and they’ve never had any incidents. Sharks shouldn’t be feared, they should be respected.
“Their existence is crucial for the existence of our planet. These shark dives allow people to see sharks for what they really are, not for what people say and how the media has portrayed them.
“Sharks need protection. More and more divers, marine biologists, and conservationists are spreading this important message.
“I enjoy sharing my photos and experiences and I love diving with big animals like sharks, orcas, crocodiles and alligators.
“When you get to see these animals for what they really are, and not for what most media portrays them to be, it’s one of the most enlightening experiences you could have.”