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A diver coaxes a high five out of a maneating shark. Eli Martinez, 40, was interacting with the apparently laid-back lemon shark in the balmy waters off the coast of The Bahamas. The normally ferocious fish - named Taxi by Eli and his pals - swam straight towards the Texan, before turning at the last second and leaving her outstretched fin for the hi-5. Eli, who works as the editor of Shark Diving magazine, said: "It was beautiful being on the seabed with all these majestic sharks (Caters)

Best Animal Pictures Of 2012

From a cheeky sloth gatecrashing a holiday snap to a harmless gannet that transformed itself into a Great White, here is a collection of the most memorable animal pictures of the year.