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Lucky escape for group as Great White shark 'torpedoes' diving cage

David Kearns

Published 09/11/2015 | 12:56

The Giant White Shark was stopped just centimetres from the group inside the cage Credit: Spencer Reilly
The Giant White Shark was stopped just centimetres from the group inside the cage Credit: Spencer Reilly

See the terrifying moment a Giant White Shark was stopped short mere centimetres from diving group.

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American tourist Spencer Reilly had a narrow escape while filming off the coast of Gansbaai, about 160 kilometres south-east of Cape Town in South Africa.

In a video posted to YouTube, a great white shark is seen chasing a string of bait straight into the underwater cage and locking its teeth around one of the cage's bars before swimming away. 

The animal's razor-sharp teeth stop just centimetres from the group inside the cage.

"Holy s**t!" a woman is heard to exclaim as the shark swims away.

The waters off Gansbaai are a mecca for great white and mako sharks and the area is a popular destination for thrill-seeking tourists.

Mr Reilly told the Nine Network that the experience was somewhat unusual but exhilarating.

"That should not have happened really, they don't like the shark to get too close to the cage. But there was low visibility and the shark came at the bait extremely fast," he said.

"It was not too scary because it happened so fast, and then it was pretty exhilarating."

He said the footage had not been sped up, as had been speculated on the YouTube comment thread.

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