Smiling shark gives stunned diver a high-five

The moment diver Eli Martinez coaxed a "high five" from a shark. Picture: Picture Media

From News Australia:

THE fin-credible moment a grinning shark gave a diver a high-five has been caught on camera.

Texan Eli Martinez was stunned by the close encounter while he was diving in the Caribbean off the Bahamas coast.

Mr Martinez claims his friend snapped the moment the lemon shark swam straight towards him with fin outstretched, connecting with his hand.

An experienced diver, Mr Martinez insists the picture is for real and said he was never in any danger from the normally ferocious breed of shark.

“This particular shark I had encountered before,” Mr Martinez said. “She is very laid-back so I knew if I held my hand out she would come over.

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