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Swimming with sharks: Man takes amazing pictures of great whites

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - One man is turning a life long dream into a hobby. He gets up close and personal with great white sharks.

George Probst isn't afraid to swim with the sharks. In fact, diving and taking pictures of great whites is just one item on his bucket list.

"I had a breakup with my girlfriend and was down in the dumps, needed to get out of town, recharge, got to find something to get life back on track...seeing a great white shark was on my bucket list," said Probst.

Probst has always had a fascination with great white sharks since he was a kid.

In 2006, he booked a trip with a group to Isla Guadalupe, an island off the coast of Baja, California.

After a day of traveling by boat, he spent the next three days getting into a cage and taking some incredible pictures of great whites.

"Jumping in that cage the first time and taking the first breath underwater, there was some anxiety, but when the shark came in and I experienced them for the first time, I was able to see it's not like 'Jaws.' They're not coming to get you with this vendetta against people. That fear dissipated pretty quickly," said Probst. "By the time I was through that first trip, I thought, 'I gotta do this again'."  

The trip became a yearly affair and Probst even got his dad and brother go out with him.

Probst has logged about 100 hours in the water, but it's not without risk.

"One time we had a very large female shark, biggest one I've ever seen out there, come up swim next to boat and smack it with her tail to establish her 'I'm the top dog', top shark rather," said Probst.

But most of the time, the sharks are just curious and want to check out what's going on.

Probst hopes his amazing pictures and videos help people see a different side of sharks.

"The coolest thing for me so far happened about few weeks ago. I read a comment on one of my photos and the person said I've never seen sharks as something beautiful until I saw your photos and I see them as beautiful now and I thought, man if I can get more people to see them that way, then that's just awesome," said Probst.

"Hopefully through my photography and educating people, get that mindset man-eating shark, the mindless killer, wiped out so they can see them as beautiful animals and animals the marine ecosystem needs."

Probst has gone out diving every year since 2006 except one.

He's already got his trip for this year booked and will be back out in the water next month.
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