Plunging a knife in again and again, diver Craig Clasen grapples with a 12ft tiger shark to protect a friend.
For two hours he wrestled with the giant, spearing it seven times, even drowning the beast before eventually finishing it off with a knife.
Mr Clasen was hunting yellow fin tuna with fellow fisherman Cameron Kirkconnell, photographer D.J Struntz and film maker Ryan McInnis in the Gulf of Mexico when the encounter took place
The group were about to leave the deep waters south of the Mississippi River's mouth, when Mr McInnis found himself alone in the company of a tiger shark.
With no time to lose, Mr Clasen grabbed his speargun and swam to his stranded friend, who was being circled by the giant predator.
'I positioned myself between Ryan and the shark and I tried to watch it for a second, hoping it would pass us by,' explained 32-year-old Mr Clasen.
'I noticed that the shark was getting tighter and tighter and just kept trying to get a back angle on us and behaving in an aggressive manner.
'The shark made a roll and looked like it was going to charge us so I just went ahead and took the conservative route and put a shaft through its gills.
'Cameron and I have been around sharks for years and we all have a lot of experience with them but this encounter had a different feel to it.
'Down in my core I really felt the shark was there to feed. I didn't want it to come to that.'
Mr Clasen spent nearly two hours wrestling with the giant 12ft shark, spearing it seven times and even attempting to drown the beast before eventually finishing it off with a long blade knife.
'Once I shot it in the gills I felt a moral obligation to finish the job,' says Mr Clasen.
'I didn't want it to go on any longer than it had to. I shot the fish like I would do any other fish and worked it up closer and did my best to kill it as humanely as possible.
'I speared it in the gills which I knew would kill it and from that I tried to put a shaft into its brain as quickly as possible.
'I shot it six times in the head with a spear and I wasn't having much luck - it was a slow drawn out process.
'Sharks are so resilient and so tough from millions of years of evolution they are just survivors.
'The best way and quickest way to finish the job and kill the shark and recover it was to get a rope around its tail, drag it from the back of the boat and attempt to drown it.
'In the end we had put a knife its skull once I got lose enough to it and use a long blade knife even after trying to drown it.'
Mr Clasen has been free diving and fishing since an early age. Hailing from Mississippi, he was brought up in a fishing family, and is an expert in all fishing disciplines. Despite his experience, Mr Clasen took no pleasure in disposing of the giant shark.
'This was one of the most remorseful moments I have ever had in all of my years in hunting, gathering and fishing,' explains Mr Clasen.
'Personally I never shoot anything or kill anything that I am not going to eat.
'We saved the tail and the head, cut a giant chunk out of it and ate a piece.
'I wasn't there to hunt the shark, it was a defensive move for me and I would do it again.
Unfortunately it had to be done and its not something I was proud of. It was a situation that presented itself to us. This was one of those rare instances where we had to protect ourselves.
'I have so much respect for sharks in general. With the amount of time that we spend out there we are exposed to so many potential risks.'