Shocking moment shark bites mask off diver’s face

By David Aspinall

This is the shocking moment a shark bites the mask off a diver’s face.

While Peter Schneider was on a dive in Rangiroa, French Polynesia, his group were surrounded by up to six silvertip sharks.

With one diver sat in the coral, one of the predators approaches from the side and opening its jaws wide bites down on his goggles.

Lifting the mask off his head, the diver swims off to relative safety as the sharks continue to swim around the reef and group.

Peter, from Berlin, Germany, said: “I couldn’t help but scream when I saw it happen.

“Once the sharks had cleared, I swam over to check on him.

“He had no injuries, just a little scratch on his forehead.

“The shark didn’t use its teeth as it wasn’t looking to hunt and kill.”

Pic from Peter Schneider/Caters News

The footage was filmed in 2007 but has only just been released in high definition.

Silvertip sharks are potentially dangerous to humans, as they can sneak up quickly and quietly on divers, especially if there’s food around.

Peter said: “It was the diver’s fault.

“Obviously the main aim is to attract sharks and sometimes the feeders like to tease them a little bit.

“Often the sharks will tease back and that’s what happened here.

“I didn’t have any pity for the diver as he’d provoked the reaction and he knew it.”