World’s toughest great white shark shows off battle scars as beast hunts prey

The world's toughest great white shark was filmed baring his ferocious teeth at the camera as he hunted his prey off the coast of Mexico.

The 1,500-pound beast – locals have named Brutus – was seen flashing his battle scars in a series of captivating images taken in the waters off Guadalupe Island.

Photographer Euan Rannachan captured the incredible underwater shots from the relative safety of a cage as Brutus was sinking his six-inch teeth into some bait.

The London-born photographer is said to adore sharks and also runs a cage-diving experience called 'Be a Shark.'

He said: “We had an incredible season out at Guadalupe Island this year, with many active sharks.

"Probably the most active of them all was Brutus. On this particular day, he had started out investigating the bait we had out but wasn’t that interested.

“Then, out of nowhere, a sea lion showed up and started taunting him by swimming around him in circles and biting his caudal fin.

“You could see his mood change quickly and he soon was trying to take his frustrations out on the bait.

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"I used Brutus’s frustration to my advantage and realised that I could guess when he would open his mouth and get myself into position to take the photo.

“I’m glad I did because only seconds later, he attacked the bait right in front of me multiple times – and I had a front-row seat."

Great white sharks are carnivorous – with their diets consisting of various fish, turtles, dolphins and sea lions and they very rarely attack humans.

Although occasionally they do as earlier this month, a diver who was left needing surgery after some of his fingers were severed from a shark attack has recalled the terrifying moment that he fought the beast off with his feet.

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Tai Juneau, 26, has described his frightening ordeal after surviving the horror attack in the waters off New Plymouth in New Zealand on Tuesday, November 2.

The former NZ Ski team member said he was treading waves when he noticed some strange water activity but didn't think anything of it, according to publication Stuff.

Reports say the species is now classed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature due to overfishing.

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