Diver battled 8ft hammerhead shark with his camera stick while underwater fishing off the Australian coast.
Dion Creek of Queensland was hunting crayfish on his own at Magpie Reef near Princess Charlotte Bay when the shark struck.
The terrifying moment has been filmed and shows the huge shark appearing out of nowhere and soaring towards the diver.
As the shark rushes towards Dion, the video shows the diver falling into the water, with lightning flashes from the shark’s fins and tail.
The diver appears to repel the shark before reaching out to escape the apex-predator.
The one-child dad then relived the terrifying moment in an interview with 9News.
Mr Creek said: “I was about to adjust the camera, I just caught the shark coming out of the corner of my eye. ”
The diver explained how he was forced to push the 8ft shark with his camera stick three times before he could break free.
He said, “I pushed the first time, it came to me again. I hit him the second time and pushed him away the third time, just to get away from it.
“I was the only person in the water, there were only two people in the boat.
“Come to think of it, I’m actually pretty lucky, but at the time that didn’t bother me.
“I don’t want to be a statistic so next time I will have to be more careful and take more safety precautions and have another diver in the water. ”
The father joked after surviving his contact with danger: “Next week I’m going to buy a lottery ticket. ”
After the shocking meeting on Wednesday, November 25, Dion shared the video on social media, saying, “Dive for the crayfish. The next minute this 6-8f hammerhead shark came out of nowhere!
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Hammerhead sharks are successful predators and can range in size from 2 feet 11 to over 19 feet.
A hammerhead shark has 17 rows of teeth and feeds largely on octopus and other fish.
Although few hammerhead shark attacks have been recorded, their gargantuan size and ferocity can make them potentially dangerous to humans.