Great white shark circles divers in incredible close encounter

A group of divers had a once in a lifetime experience when a huge great shark circled them whilst diving off the coast of South Africa.

Footage shows the 13-feet shark swimming just a few inches from one of the divers as the others film the amazing close encounter on their cameras.

''This shark swam around and showed no threat to any of these divers at any time. The video was taken as a testament to Sharks not being the man-eaters that the "Jaws Syndrome" sets them out to be,'' said the filmer.

''This was an awesome treat for these divers as great white sharks are not common sightings in our area and when we do see them it's just fleetingly.''

The clip was captured on October 16.