Martin Yelland said the encounter ‘was one of the best things I’ve ever done’ (Pictures: SWNS)
A postman has captured the moment he came face-to-face with a massive shark off the coast of Cornwall.
Martin Yelland was snorkelling in a group of ten when he came across the blue sharks – but says it never made him feel frightened.
The inquisitive fish stuck around for a whole hour, before being scared away by a pod of nearly 100 dolphins, during a remarkable trip from Penzance.
Martin, who is also an amateur wildlife photographer, pictured one shark in great detail just inches away from his fellow divers.
He said it was one of the best experiences of his life.
Blue sharks can grow up to 13ft and this one swam straight towards him.
Martin, who is 38 and lives in St Erth, Cornwall, said: ‘It was a really memorable encounter.
The shark stuck around for about an hour (Pictures: SWNS)
Martin said the animals were ‘graceful and inquisitive’ (Pictures: SWNS)
‘I was apprehensive the evening before the shark snorkel, but once I saw the shark I was just amped to get in the water as they were so graceful and inquisitive.
‘At no stage did I feel frightened, the sharks were curious but in no way aggressive.
‘The blue sharks come so close you sometimes need to get out of their way, as we were told never to touch them.’
The father-of-two fell into animal photography after starting a family and has been snapping local wildlife like kingfishers, badgers, foxes and deers for many years.
This shark was curious but not aggressive, Martin said (Pictures: SWNS)
He added: ‘It was such a buzz, and to see the super pod of dolphins was insane too.
‘There were a group of 10 of us out on the snorkel trip, and I loved it so much I’ve booked on again next week.
‘I’ve always done surf and more recently wildlife photography, but seeing the sharks up close was one of the best things I’ve ever done.’
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