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The great white shark you can ride: The submersible boat built by New Zealand extreme sports fans

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Seabreacher X Watercraft can reach up to 80 kilometres per hour - Jam Press
Seabreacher X Watercraft can reach up to 80 kilometres per hour - Jam Press

When you look at this picture, you would be forgiven for thinking it is a great white or a tiger shark - in fact it's a boat.

The submersible craft, called Seabreacher X Watercraft, was designed by inventors Rob Innes and Dan Piazza in 1997. It is part sub, part powerfuel boat and found in Queenstown, New Zealand, one of the best countries in the world for extreme sports.

The Seabreacher can reach a speed of 80 kilometres per hour, jump 18 feet out of the water and dive to a depth of five feet. It can also turn tight doughnuts and 90 degrees angle side rolls.

New Zealand's extreme sports craft, the Seabreacher - Jam Press
New Zealand's extreme sports craft, the Seabreacher - Jam Press

The craft has F16 fighter jet-grade viewing glass, allowing it to withstand huge amounts of pressure and any surprise impacts of rocks or other debris.

Queenstown-based business Hydro Attack, run by locals Lee Exell and David Lynott, has been offering rides on the faux sharks since 2013, becoming the first commercial Seabreacher operator in the world.

For NZ$145 (£75), visitors can get the full Jaws experience for 15 minutes.

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