THIS is the terrifying moment a shark sunk its razor sharp teeth into a diver off the coast of Egypt.
Alexander Kraenk had been diving in the Red Sea for 50 minutes before encountering one of the deadly predators.
The 51-year-old spotted an Oceanic Whitetip Shark moving shark towards him and tried to grab the anchor rope to lift himself to safety – but it was too late.
Oceanic Whitetips are renowned for their aggression and video taken by Alexander’s his brother-in-law shows the shark sinking its teeth Alexander’s right thigh.
“In that moment, when I tried to grab the line, I felt a really hard shock in the right side of my leg,” said Alexander, who lives in Austria.
“I didn’t know what was going on. I looked down and at that moment, I saw the shark swimming away from me and I knew what had happened.
“I was feeling really distressed. I always told my wife there was no danger when swimming with sharks because she was always more afraid of what I was doing.
“I have been on more than 150 dives in my life and seen lots of sharks and have never witnessed this.
“It was the craziest thing that had ever happened to me. There was so much blood.”
Alexander was in need of urgent attention with his leg bleeding and was able to quickly get himself to safety on board the boat.
‘SO MUCH BLOOD’
Thankfully the guide for the dive was on hand to summon help and a doctor, who by chance was on another boat, tended to him.
“Overall, I had 40 to 50 stitches in my leg. I had a sip of vodka and every time they stitched, I had a small piece of that.”
Looking back on the footage, Alexander is thankful to still be here to tell his story – but it wasn’t enough to put him off diving.
“To stop diving – this thought never crossed my mind. I was just in the wrong position, at the wrong time,” he said.
“I’m just so happy that I am still alive to enjoy life. My wife is not so happy with this, I must add.”
Whitetip sharks inhabit tropical and warm temperature seas and are known for their stocky body and white-tipped rounded fins.
They are generally described as slow-moving, but aggressive – even picking up the label “the most dangerous of all sharks’ by some specialists.
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Brother-in-law, Georg Arnold, 56, managed to film the captivating action on his recorder beneath the surface.
“Me and Alexander have been diving together for many years and we had never seen anything like this.
“I was super excited because I had never seen a shark like this before. I saw the shark close to Alex, but just thought it grazed his leg and was nothing serious.”
Alexander said he took a sip of vodka when each stitch was added[/caption]
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