A sheikh among the sharks: Crown Prince of Dubai's jaw-dropping selfie

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed marks Shark Week with underwater experience

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, enjoyed a close encounter with some giant sharks. Courtesy Sheikh Hamdan's Instagram
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It's not too often you get to see a sheikh swimming with sharks.

But the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, was only too happy to get up close and personal with some massive sea creatures in celebration of a milestone Shark Week.

Sheikh Hamdan is always happy to share his adventures with his 6.5 million Instagram followers - be it sky diving and ice walking, standing proudly on top of the Burj Khalifa or even capturing footage of a tiny bird land on his head - and he has now made another big social media splash.

Sheikh Hamdan posted eye-catching video and his very own whale shark selfie, of his experience swimming with giant sharks on his official Instagram account.

The impressive pictures come as the Dicovery Channel toasts the 30th anniversary of its annual Shark Week.

The event, which kicked off on Sunday, screens in more than 70 countries every year – and this year it celebrates its 30th anniversary on screen.


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Sheikh Hamdan was delighted to get in on the action.

He posted on Instagram: "Swimming with these giant sharks is truly a breathtaking experience, one that is difficult to put into words. The more we swim with these creatures, the more we understand, respect and appreciate them."