Divers are swarmed by up to 20 sharks as they make bait dive off South Africa

A DIVER is swarmed by up to 20 sharks as they feed on bait floating in the water.

The dramatic photo was captured by Mike Korostelev during a bait ball dive in the rocky reef of Aliwal Shoal, off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

The diver can be seen posing cross-armed as sharks hurtle around him grabbing floating pieces of bait.

But despite the potentially menacing look of the snap, Mike insists the divers were never in danger.

The sharks hurtle around the diver grabbing floating pieces of bait

The sharks hurtle around the diver grabbing floating pieces of bait

He said: “Swimming with sharks is like stress relief for me. What could be better?

“It is not very dangerous if you know what are you doing and how to do it correctly and safely.

“Sharks are not interested in humans. They need only a tasty fish to satisfy their hunger.

“You just have to keep everything under control. Do not wave your hands and try to keep the sharks in sight at all times.

“Sometimes they will even collide with you, bump into the camera, but nothing bad happens.”

Up to 20 sharks fed on the bait

Up to 20 sharks fed on the bait

Mike, 32, who runs an adventure travel company, and a group of divers placed bait into the water around their boat to entice the sharks.

Within a few minutes they were surrounded by blacktip and tiger sharks.

In search of a free meal, the sharks quickly devoured the fish – completely ignoring the humans in their territory.

Describing the dive, Mike added: “The main problem when shooting sharks in South Africa is that there are too many! Everything is teeming with sharks.

“They’re everywhere – swarming around your face, crashing into the camera, their sensitive noses poking into your legs.

“Therefore, to make a picture is extremely difficult.

“At the beginning of the dive, there was around seven sharks. But by the end we counted 20 already around us.”