Saturday 25 January 2020

Diver survives after huge great white shark breaks into cage in terrifying video

Chris Graham

A diver escaped unscathed after he was trapped in a cage underwater with a great white shark.

Footage of the incident, which took place near Guadalupe Island off the west coast of Mexico, shows the shark lunging for a large chunk of tuna that is tied to a rope from a boat.

According to the video, which was published online, a diver was inside a metal cage to capture the act on camera while people on the boat looked on.

However, when the water begins frothing, it becomes apparent the creature has somehow managed to get inside the cage.

"What might appear to be an aggressive great white shark trying to attack the cage, this is not the case," the cameraman wrote on YouTube.

"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."

A member of the crew opens the hatch to the cage and, after a matter of seconds, the shark emerges from inside and struggles back into the water before swimming off.

"Is somebody in the cage? Somebody's in the cage," one of the witnesses is heard to say during a tense wait to see if they were hurt.

Moments later, the diver clambers back out, tapping the top of his head with his right hand to signal he is OK as those on the boat clap and cheer.

"My heart is going," the shaken diver says, pounding his chest.

The video was posted on the YouTube account Gabe and Garrett, a channel that posts videos of the adventures of two children from California. The video was filmed by Gabe and Garrett's father.

"The diver is a very experienced dive master, remained calm, and when the shark thrashed back outside the cage, the diver calmly swam back up and climbed out completely uninjured," the father wrote.

Going face-to-face with great white sharks in underwater cages is a popular tourist attraction in the area.

In 2009,  two-time BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Amos Nachoum captured stunning close up images of the creatures. Flashy toothy grins, those great whites gained a reputation as some of the most relaxed on Earth.

Three months ago, video showed two sharks fighting each other in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Venice, Louisiana.

And in April, dramatic video emerged of a close encounter between cage divers and a huge great white shark in Gansbaai, South Africa.

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