Diver captures terrifying picture of shark heading for surface just like the poster for 'Jaws'

Diver captures terrifying picture of shark heading for surface just like the poster for 'Jaws'

One of cinema's best-loved classics is Steven Spielberg's 1975 thriller Jaws.

It's centered around the small American coastal town of Amity Island that's terrorized by a man-eating great white shark during its peak summer season.

This is the dramatic moment a whale protected a diver from a shark: 

Aside from the movie's iconic two-note theme dune (duunnn dunnn... duuuunnnn duun...), the most instantly recognizable piece of media associated with it is its poster.

The Jaws movie poster. Credit: Roger Kastel

Now, a British cage diver has captured the real-life equivalent of this iconic image. Take off the coast of Mexico, it features a 17ft great white shark bearing its teeth just below the surface of the water.

Thankfully, there's no unsuspecting swimmer overhead like in the Jaws poster.

Thirty-two-year-old Euan Rannachan took the picture when he was just feet away from the apex predator.

However, contrary to what moves like Jaws would have you believe, shark attacks on humans are rare. The International Shark Attack File (ISAF), for example, recorded just 79 attacks on humans in 2000 and only 11 of these were fatal.

Recounting how he took the incredible picture in an interview cited by the Daily Mail, Rannachan said: "The shark in my image is a female and her name is Squirrel. We'd been with her for a while. We have these people on the boat called shark wranglers and they throw these two-foot chunks of tuna to get the shark close to the surface', said the young photographer.

"The shark wrangles played an important and dangerous part on the acquisition of this amazing picture.

"A guy named Crazy Luis stood up on the boat to bring the shark to us when we sit on the surface in the shark cage.

"Sometimes when the wranglers play with the sharks, the sharks get p****d off and dive down under the boat and the bait so they can come rocketing up and get it."

Elaborating, Rannachan explained that the picture he took was therefore as fearsome as it appears to be:

"That's exactly what Squirrel was doing here, she was fed up probably messing around on the surface and dived back down under the boat. It was really deep there but the water clarity was amazing', said the 32-year-old about his shark experience."