An amazing shark video is going viral this morning. This is the same boat and crew we went out with last year. The quick thinking of the diver to exit the cage and hold on for dear life with weights still attached and sharks below him is my idea of a total nightmare. Fortunately the shark escaped too and is OK.
Here’s the amazing story behind the video.
This is not our usual kids content and Gabe and Garrett did not go on this trip, this video is from my trip to Guadalupe Island (I’m their dad).
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!
I want to return next year for another great white shark adventure!
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Here’s a look at the cages from below so you can really see what the diver had to deal with to get out of the cage and hold on hoping the shark would escape so he could re-enter the cage and exit.
Here’s another video shot on the Solmar V of a Great White Shark taking the bait and ultimately snapping the line.