Kimberly Jefferies, a freediving instructor and photographer, captured the frightening encounter between the whale and the great white shark on Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.
The large predator can be seen aggressively sinking its teeth into the 30 inches-thick whale blubber, whose cause of death remains unknown.
While the great white tears parts of flesh and fat off, clouds of blood pour out into the water turning it hauntingly red.
The decomposing blubber can be seen tearing away from the main carcass and flooding into the ocean.
Kimberly, who splits the recording time both underwater and above the water, can be seen at one point coming within a few inches of the shark’s sharp gnashers.
The beastly movement of the predator’s jaw highlights the power the creature stacks – while its gills filter out any unnecessary bloody fluids back into the water.
Once the shark appears full up from the feast, it swims back into the depths of the clear blue ocean, giving Kimberly a close up of past war wounds on its nose before disappearing.
Since uploading the video online, the video has received some 89,000 views and hundreds of comments.
One person said: “You’re unbelievably gutsy.”
Another commented: “I can’t believe you got so close! They would definitely smell the fear on me – beautiful all the same!”
While one sarcastically quipped: “I bet that smelt wonderful!”
Just a few days ago, a humpback whale’s carcass which was discovered in a forest sparked panic.