Like many people, I have developed an enormous and perhaps irrational fear of sharks thanks to the movie Jaws. Just the thought of these hulking beasts with razor-sharp teeth lurking underwater is enough to keep me away from swimming out in the open waters. Each year, there are over 70 shark attacks reported worldwide which is actually a pretty low number, relatively speaking. Moreover, there are only three shark species that are responsible for unprovoked attacks: the bull, the tiger, and the great white. Regardless, just the thought of coming face to face with one of these apex predators sends chills down my spine.
And yet, there are actually some people who will happily climb into an underwater cage in hopes of a close encounter with a shark. How safe are these cages? Well, let’s just say that after seeing the video below, I can pretty much guarantee that I will never get over my fear of sharks.
Here’s the story that was posted along with the video that is now going absolutely viral…
“On a recent great white shark cage diving trip we experienced a very rare event, a shark breaching the side of the cage. 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.
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.
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, realizing this was a very rare event. 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!”
Watch the video below and be forewarned that this isn’t for the faint of heart! This is waaaaay too much of a close call for me.