On the face of it, this Mako shark may not be the prettiest creature on the planet. But would you dare say it to its face?
The Mako has a reputation as one of the deadliest and fastest sharks in the ocean and could certainly make its displeasure known if it wanted to.
With its seemingly lifeless eyes and terrifyingly sharp teeth the Mako has been known to stalk its prey at lightning speeds of almost 100kmh - and has even been known to attack humans.
But Mexican photographer and diver Gerardo del Villar has set out to prove that the world's 'deadliest' sharks are misunderstood - by taking these stunning pictures of the shark without the protection of a cage in a bid to save the species from overfishing.
The Mako shark may not be the most beautiful creature in the ocean but former matador turned photographer Gerardo del Villar is smitten
Coming this close to a bull shark would scare many of us, but Gerardo del Villar's previous career as a matador is sure to help with any nerves
Del Villar's photos, including this scarred Great White, were borne out of a desire 'to prove sharks are predators whom are wrongly tagged as killers'
Sand Tiger sharks are among the creatures snapped by Del Villar, who wants to 'help create a culture that cares for and protects different species of sharks'
Del Villar dives without a cage to show how misunderstood 'killer' sharks, such as this Tiger shark, are
Gerardo del Villar has swapped his matador's chaquetilla (jacket) for breathing apparatus and a camera to try to change the perception of sharks as being dangerous