The terrifying moment the great white shark’s jaws rise and break through the diving cage.

This is the terrifying moment a great white shark crashed into a diver’s cage, forcing a man to make a frantic swim for his life as he missed it by inches.

Shocking underwater footage shows Jamie Partington was lucky to be alive, flipping inside the tiny opaque box as the 16ft beast pounced on him from below – leaving him vulnerable to further attacks. .

Multiple camera angles captured the encounter in the Pacific Ocean, showing Partington inside a protective cage as he floated on the water.

Part of the box was submerged, allowing the expert diver to peer deep down without going completely underwater.

The footage opens with Partington crouched in a cage at the bottom while in full diving gear, including a snorkel and flippers. Unlike typical shark diving cages that are made of metal and lowered into the water, Partington’s safety cage appears to be made of some kind of strong plastic.

Drone footage from above the cage shows the shark approaching, swimming around Partington as he watches from above. It can be seen very clearly through water.

Multiple Camera Angles Captured Diver Jimmy Partington'S Near-Miss Encounter With A Great White Shark In The Pacific Ocean (Pictured).  The Footage Begins By Showing Partington In Full Diving Gear, Including Snorkel And Flippers, Crouched In A Low Cage.

Multiple camera angles captured diver Jimmy Partington’s near-miss encounter with a great white shark in the Pacific Ocean (pictured). The footage begins by showing Partington in full diving gear, including snorkel and flippers, crouched in a low cage.

Pictured: A 16-Foot Shark Is Shown Swimming Under Partington In A Cage.

Pictured: A 16-Foot Shark Is Shown Swimming Under Partington In A Cage.

Pictured: A 16-foot shark is shown swimming under Partington in a cage.

At First, The Shark (Pictured Moving Around In The Dark) Seems More Interested In The Fish Swimming At The Bottom Of The Tank Than In Partington And His Diving Cage.

At First, The Shark (Pictured Moving Around In The Dark) Seems More Interested In The Fish Swimming At The Bottom Of The Tank Than In Partington And His Diving Cage.

At first, the shark (pictured moving around in the dark) seems more interested in the fish swimming at the bottom of the tank than in Partington and his diving cage.

Another camera, this time below the surface, shows the shark as it begins to circle the cage. First, the shark is more interested in the fish swimming at the bottom of the tank than the partington.

However, the enormous sea predator begins to circle closer and closer to the viewing cage, and Partington appears to be much smaller than the beast.

Soon, the shark turns its attention to the cage diver. It swims a couple of times to the cage, ducking at the last moment as if to size up its prey.

However, The Enormous Sea Predator Begins To Circle Closer And Closer To The Viewing Cage, And Partington Appears To Be Much Smaller Than The Beast.

However, The Enormous Sea Predator Begins To Circle Closer And Closer To The Viewing Cage, And Partington Appears To Be Much Smaller Than The Beast.

However, the enormous sea predator begins to circle closer and closer to the viewing cage, and Partington appears to be much smaller than the beast.

Photo: A Shark Turns Its Attention To A Diver In A Cage.  It Swims A Couple Of Times To The Cage, Ducking At The Last Moment As If To Size Up Its Prey.

Photo: A Shark Turns Its Attention To A Diver In A Cage.  It Swims A Couple Of Times To The Cage, Ducking At The Last Moment As If To Size Up Its Prey.

Photo: A shark turns its attention to a diver in a cage. It swims a couple of times to the cage, ducking at the last moment as if to size up its prey.

Image: Partington Watches From Under The Opaque Cage As The Shark Swims Down

Image: Partington Watches From Under The Opaque Cage As The Shark Swims Down

Image: Partington watches from under the opaque cage as the shark swims down

At this point in the footage, Partington can be seen kneeling against a wall, and appears to be both shocked and surprised by the shark’s approach.

But he could not have been prepared for what happened next.

Making another approach from the bottom of the cage, the shark suddenly accelerates. When it reaches Partington, it clamps its massive jaws around the box, seemingly both smashing it and causing it to overturn.

Partington is swept into the water, sending him into a panic as he tries to climb back onto the cage away from the horrified predator.

Unable to climb back up, and the shark still circling, the diver decides to make a break for it, swimming as fast as he can back away from the box to the boat.

Making Another Approach From The Bottom Of The Cage, The Shark Suddenly Accelerates.  When It Reaches Partington, It Clamps Its Massive Jaws Around The Box, Seemingly Both Breaking It And Causing It To Overturn.

Making Another Approach From The Bottom Of The Cage, The Shark Suddenly Accelerates.  When It Reaches Partington, It Clamps Its Massive Jaws Around The Box, Seemingly Both Breaking It And Causing It To Overturn.

Making another approach from the bottom of the cage, the shark suddenly accelerates. When it reaches Partington, it clamps its massive jaws around the box, seemingly both breaking it and causing it to overturn.

Partington Is Swept Into The Water, Sending Him Into A Panic As He Tries To Climb Back Onto The Cage Away From The Horrified Predator.  Unable To Climb Back Up, And The Shark Still Circling, The Diver Decides To Make A Break For It, Swimming As Fast As He Can To Safety.

Partington Is Swept Into The Water, Sending Him Into A Panic As He Tries To Climb Back Onto The Cage Away From The Horrified Predator.  Unable To Climb Back Up, And The Shark Still Circling, The Diver Decides To Make A Break For It, Swimming As Fast As He Can To Safety.

Partington is swept into the water, sending him into a panic as he tries to climb back onto the cage away from the horrified predator. Unable to climb back up, and the shark still circling, the diver decides to make a break for it, swimming as fast as he can to safety.

The heart-stopping footage was captured for a film called ‘Great White Open Ocean’, and was posted online as part of Discovery’s Shark Week.

The film’s director and producer Jeff Kerr said: ‘Great White Open Ocean is a film based on the story of a friend of mine, Jamie Partington, an expert shark diver. He actually narrowly escaped being hit by a 16-foot great white.

‘We were able to capture that encounter on film, and it’s probably the most spectacular sequence in Shark Week history.

‘It’s also a miracle, because when Jamie was bitten by the shark, he didn’t get a scratch. He actually had to swim for his life back to the boat, but he was fine.’

Partington shared some of the footage on his Instagram page. In the caption, she said: It’s been three years in the making and I can’t wait for you all to see my incredible journey, including my closest encounter with a great white shark! ‘

Great White Sharks (Pictured, File Photo) Have Been Known To Attack Humans - Especially Surfers.  Experts Say This Is Likely Because They Mistake Their Surfboards For Other Creatures Such As Seals.

Great White Sharks (Pictured, File Photo) Have Been Known To Attack Humans - Especially Surfers.  Experts Say This Is Likely Because They Mistake Their Surfboards For Other Creatures Such As Seals.

Great white sharks (pictured, file photo) have been known to attack humans – especially surfers. Experts say this is likely because they mistake their surfboards for other creatures such as seals.

The video showed how great white sharks are supposed to hunt.

Using their speed and coloration, they are able to swoop down on their prey – such as sea lions and seals – as it swims near the ocean’s surface.

From this ideal position, great whites use a powerful burst of speed to attack their target from below, emerging from the water with the animal in its massive jaws.

Great whites have been known to attack humans – especially surfers. Experts say this is likely because they mistake their surfboards for other creatures such as seals.

With about 3,500 ferrets left in the wild, hunters target their tusks, meat and feathers to make soup.

They weigh 2.5 tonnes or more – the approximate weight of a car. And of all the shark species, great whites are the ones that make the most sense to fear.

Between one-third and one-half of shark attacks are carried out by them each year.