Terrifying video shows great white shark break into cage with diver still inside
During a recent cage diving trip in Guadalupe Island, Mexico, the father of two recorded a video of a great white shark breaking through the side of one of his fellow diver's cages -- while the diver was still inside.
The shocking footage has already been viewed 788,572 times since it was posted on October 13, and although one might immediately jump to the conclusion that the man inside was doomed to become shark bait, the video's description assures us otherwise.
"What might appear to be an aggressive great white shark trying to attack the cage, this is not the case [sic]," the father/shark expert explained.
These awesome sharks are biting at large chunks of tuna tied to a rope. When a great white shark lunges and bites something, it is temporarily blinded. They also cannot swim backwards. So this shark lunged at the bait, accidentally hit the side of the cage, was most likely confused and not able to swim backwards, it thrust forward and broke the metal rail of the cage. There was a single diver inside the cage. He ended up outside the bottom of the cage, looking down on two great white sharks. The diver is a very experienced dive instructor, remained calm, and when the shark thrashed back outside the cage, the diver calmly swam back up and climbed out completely uninjured.
He then went on to commend everyone involved for handling the situation a million times better than any of us landlubbers would have.
"The boat crew did an outstanding job, lifting the top of the cage, analyzing the frenzied situation, and the shark was out after a few long seconds," he wrote. "The boat owner, captain, and crew are to be commended for making what could've been a tragic event into a happy ending. I'm sure God and luck had a bit to do with it too!"
But will this incident deter the adventure-seeker from the ocean altogether? Absolutely not.
"I want to return next year for another great white shark adventure!" he ended his caption.
He's certainly a braver man than us -- but to be completely fair to the shark, if someone locked pizza in front of your face, wouldn't you try to break in to get it, too?
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