“The movie Jaws generated an overreaction that led to sharks being misunderstood,” Daniel said.
‘They are certainly predators, most attack by ambush, but they are not killers of men.
“I was in the water for 24 recorded hours coming out of the cage and no shark ever came near me thinking I was a snack.”
‘Through my images I wanted to show people that it is possible to dive safely with great white sharks.’
Brazilian Daniel, 31, took the heart attack footage on a recent trip to a remote island off the coast of Mexico.
The award-winning nature photographer insisted that while great white sharks are top predators, they rarely consider humans for food.
He explained that the key to diving safely with this famous shark was to stay relaxed, maintain eye contact with the shark, and hold your ground no matter how close the shark swims to the diver.
Ocean scientists classify great white sharks as vulnerable.
Their total population is unknown, but they have been known to live for up to 30 years in warm waters as far north as the Mediterranean and as far south as the Australian coast.
Last year it was reported that British experts believed great white sharks might be occasional visitors to UK waters.
Every year between five and ten shark attacks are reported around the world.