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WATCH: Moment a great white breaches shark cage with diver still inside

Staff Reporter | 14 October, 2016 15:27

Image by: YouTube/Gabe and Garrett

Shark cage diving is supposed to be a heart-thumping experience. But this diver's heart was possibly thumping a little harder than he expected when a great white shark broke into his cage during a recent trip to Guadalupe Island, west of Mexico.

On Gabe and Garrett's YouTube channel their father posted this video of his recent trip and described what happened the moment the shark breached the cage.

He explained: "What might appear to be an aggressive great white shark trying to attack the cage, this is not the case.

"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."


In the video the crew of the boat are seen rushig to the cage as the shark thrashes desperately inside. After the shark moved outside the cage, the experienced diver calmly swam back up and climbed out completely uninjured.

"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. Everyone on the boat returned to the cages the next day, realising this was a very rare event," the father said.


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