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A diver who jumped into the sea to swim with what he thought was a harmless shark scrambled back into his boat after realising it may be a great white.

The young man faced a close encounter with what is thought to be an aggressive shark, after believing he was in the water with a basking shark.

In a video shared on TikTok, a man named Ryder can be seen jumping into the Pacific Ocean in Encinitas, San Diego County, California, as his friends film the encounter.

The swimmer is seen panicking in the sea and scrambling to get back on the boat as the grey fish begins thrashing in the water.

Ryder then says: "That was a bad idea," reports Mirror Online.

One pal tells him to "get back to the boat", while he laughs and the shark slowly moves under the surface round the swimmer and towards the boat.

The diver shouts: "Ah! I touched it! Oh f**k."

The cameraman appears to begin telling his friend it's a great white before stopping short and saying: "That's not a basking shark, dude."

The footage, posted on Saturday, already has over 855,700 views, while after being shared on Reddit many users debated what kind of shark it actually was.

Basking sharks are the second largest shark species after the whale shark, both of which live on a diet of plankton, and are generally harmless to swimmers.

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Great whites, on the other hand, can be much more dangerous.

"Who sees a shark fin and jumps into the water?" wrote one user.

Another said: "This is honestly the scariest video I think I’ve ever seen."

A third added: "Even the shark was like, 'Is this dude serious?'"

According to official figures, San Diego County has the highest rate among California coastal cities, including places like Humboldt and Santa Barbara.

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