Posted: 14 October, 2016 by Newsroom

The Terrifying Moment A Shark Broke Into A Diving Cage

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Footage of a shark breaking into a shark-diving cage that had a diver inside has gone viral this week.

In the video an agitated shark can be seen approaching a cage located at the back of a boat. 

As shocked onlookers watch, the shark suddenly breaks into the cage. After a short struggle it emerges on top of the cage, dripping with blood.  

Someone can be heard calling out "Was there anybody in there?" before the group realises that a diver was actually inside the cage at the time of the attack.  The shocked but unhurt diver then surfaces and is helped out of the cage.

Great White Shark Cage Breach Accident

This may not be appropriate for our younger viewers.** This is not our usual kids content and Gage 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.

The description on the YouTube video explains, "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 master, remained calm, and when the shark thrashed back outside the cage, the diver calmly swam back up and climbed out completely uninjured."

The shark attack reportedly took place on Guadalupe Island in Mexico. 

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