Gigantic alligator comes face-to-face with fearless diver in nail-biting footage

A giant alligator came face-to-face with a man as he swam in a lake, chilling footage has shown.

Wildlife biologist Christopher Gillette uploaded the video, filmed at Everglades Holiday Park, Florida, US, to his Instagram days ago.

In the clip, Chris swims underwater while filming with a selfie stick.

As he reached the bottom of the lake the gator can be seen swimming at the surface following just behind.

It then sank to the bottom of the lake, directly onto the man's head.

After standing on its hind legs, the gator shifts its body near the diver's head.

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The pair frighteningly come nose-to-nose while under the water.

Impressively, Chris holds his breath for close to two minutes for the memorable encounter.

After sharing a moment staring directly at each other, Chris swims to the surface again.

Upon uploading the clip to his 162,000 followers, he captioned the clip: "I spent some time holding my breath on the bottom with Casper the alligator.

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"When he swims over me I blow bubbles and he feels it and sometimes he’ll come down to hang out with me.

"This time he landed on me."

Chris has worked with Casper for over 12-years and claims he's "calm and relaxed".

He added: "I know him and his behaviour very well, but as always I remind everyone he is still a wild animal and an alligator, not a pet, and never try this on your own."

One person said: "The way you are with them is crazy."

A second person commented: "You can see all the time and dedication you’ve spent learning their behaviour! It’s so cool to watch."

While another added: "I’m ridiculously impressed on how you can hold your breath for so long."

It comes after one gator lunged at Chris in a shocking video.

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