The mbadive 13ft beast attacked the baited research equipment and dragged it to the surface three times, researchers said.
A team from Mbadey University, in New Zealand, caught the heart-stopping footage as they studied the sharks and monitor they numbers at the Kermadec Islands.
It is thought the toothy animal could have been attracted to the camera’s electrical signals – like they might be to the heartbeat of a fish.
But the shark’s bizarre behaviour around the device is still unusual, with scientists suggesting it was either “really hungry” or “confused” when it bit into the camera.
SCARY: The mbadive Great White literally launched itself at the camera
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“Getting the Great White at the end of the trip was definitely a highlight”
Adam Smith, lecturer at Mbadey University
Adam Smith, a lecturer of statistics at Mbadey University, said: “When the gear is on the seabed, we don’t have a live feed, so we have no idea what we’re going to see when we review the footage at the end of the day.
“Getting the Great White at the end of the trip was definitely a highlight.
“It’s likely that some great whites stop over while migrating between New Zealand and the tropics, like humpback whales do.”
The Carcharocles Megalodon roamed the oceans 2.6 million years ago
Jaw-dropping footage went viral this summer of a pod of killer whales ripping apart a Great White.
In a match that must have surprised many, the whales thrash the fearsome predator to death before ripping it apart.
The footage was originally shot in 1997 – but reemerged after researchers noticed a sharp upturn in a number of dead great whites being found near the coast of South Africa.