Great White Shark Cage Breach Accident




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Published on Oct 13, 2016

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Follow up video showing the full story here: https://youtu.be/UffOvJnD-4s

This became one of the biggest viral videos of 2016.

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 horrifying shark encounter 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!

FYI, being a kids channel, bad language in the comments gets caught in the filter.

Update based on comments:

1. Crew knows there's a diver in the cage, it's passengers asking if anyone is in there.

2. Shark had very minor injury and is confirmed okay.

3. These tour operators work with the gov't, non-profit agencies, sanctuaries, marine biologists for the good of the sharks.

4. Cage design and bait techniques are being reviewed and changes made if necessary to ensure safety for sharks and divers.

5. 'Leave the sharks alone' got them on the endangered species list because poachers won't leave them alone.

6. No video footage from diver.

7. If you want your post read, don't cuss because it will be auto-filtered.

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