A shark attack has been filmed close up by divers which saw a great white shark take a bite out of a smaller shark while tussling over food.

Bait had been thrown into the water to attract the sharks but the food provoked a fight between the two.

The incredible underwater footage shows the huge toothy great white zooming towards the other shark with its mouth wide open.

It lunges right at the smaller fish and appears to bite into its fin.

The great white’s tail swooshes past the camera, just inches away, as it propels itself forward.

The two can be seen jostling in the green water before disappearing out of sight.

The scene was captured by divers in Mossel Bay off the south coast of South Africa.

They were said to have been shocked by the aggressive episode between the two sharks.

The divers reported that the smaller shark wasn’t too badly injured in the fight.

One of the divers who filmed the attack said: “The smaller shark left the area after the incident.”

They agreed that it proved that a shark’s behaviour can change at a moment’s notice.

Great white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the world and can grow up to 15 feet in length, according to National Geographic.

They have up to 300 serrated, triangular teeth arranged in several rows, earning them their terrifying reputation.

Their main prey includes sea lions, seals, small toothed whales, and even sea turtles, and carrion.

Although one-third to one-half of the 100-plus annual shark attacks in the world are by great whites, humans are not actually on their menu.

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New research shows that great white sharks – who are curious creatures – are in fact “sample biting” rather than actively preying, said National Geographic.

They bite then release humans in these instances and in fact, the majority of great white attacks are not fatal.

The species is now considered vulnerable, although there is no reliable data available on their population.

Great whites are found in cool, coastal waters in major oceans throughout the world.

They can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour and even breach the water like whales when attacking prey from underneath.

A boy was recently mauled by a shark in California while diving for lobsters.

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