It's safe to say Kimi Werner knows a thing or two about not becoming fish food.
But even a zen-like understanding of one's place in the food chain, backed by the confidence of a U.S. National Spearfishing Championship medal, isn't enough to lure us into the water with a great white shark, as Werner did in "Variables," a short film released earlier this month.
"I definitely don't think that I'm at the top of the food chain," Werner explains in the video's introduction. "Finding my place is knowing that my place can change at any given second."
She then segways into a whale of a tale wherein she happened upon a great white shark while free diving and decided to calmly swim with it:
I just sort of landed on top of her. My hand reached out and connected with her dorsal fin and we just started to glide together. I know she could've eaten me at any second had she wanted to, but in this moment we were just two animals, two predators... swimming together.
In an email to The Huffington Post, video editor Justin Turkowski said the video was filmed last fall with the hope of raising popular concern for "the environment, the ecosystem and each other."
He emphasized their intent was never to 'ride' or otherwise sensationalize their encounter with the shark, explaining "the interaction just happened... [and it's] a beautiful way of showing two different species interacting. Not one superior than the other, just a beautiful interaction. Hopefully this video can show how beautiful the environment and ecosystem are and our place as humans."
Though great whites account for between 30 and 50 percent of shark attacks each year, the majority of the attacks are not fatal, according to National Geographic. Humans pose a far greater threat to the animals, which are considered an endangered species with a "precipitously" decreasing population.
Watch the video above, and skip to 2:22 to jump to the shark footage.