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Viral Video Of A Great White Shark Cage Breach Accident W/Diver Inside

In a viral video (OVER 21 Million views) we see a great white shark actually breach a shark cage WITH A DIVER ALSO INSIDE. . This is not something that happens too often and I’m just glad that it was caught on video. Also, I’m glad that the shark managed to get free, but it wasn’t without a few bloody cuts. Watch the video and see for yourself, this was intense. Thankfully, the diver inside the shark cage also managed to get out, with no injuries (which is amazing all by itself). This was the most intense 97 seconds for all concerned (including the shark). This incident occurred at Guadalupe Island.

Guadalupe Island or Isla Guadalupe is a volcanic island located 241 kilometres off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and some 400 kilometres southwest of the city of Ensenada in the state of Baja California, in the Pacific Ocean.

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!

H/T – Gabe and Garret

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