While on a cage diving trip near Guadalupe Island, these divers experienced a very rare event – a Great White shark breaching the side of the cage.
What might appear to be an aggressive Great White shark trying to attack the cage, is not actually the case. Rather, these incredible sharks are feeding on large chunks of tuna tied to a rope.
When a Great White shark lunges and bites something, it rolls its eyes back in order to protect them, leaving the shark temporarily blinded. Another fact is that these sharks cannot swim backward. So, the divers suggest what likely happened is that the shark lunged at the bait and accidentally hit the side of the cage. Being disoriented and unable to swim backwards, the shark thrust forward and broke the metal rail of the cage allowing it to enter.
There was a single diver inside the cage at the time of the breach. He ended up outside the bottom of the cage, looking down on two Great White sharks. The diver is a very experienced dive instructor, and remained calm.
As soon as the shark breached the cage, the crew were aware of the frenzied situation and quickly lifted the top of the cage, allowing the shark a way to escape, and it thrashed and flipped its way out a few long seconds later. The diver then calmly swam back up and climbed out completely uninjured.
Thanks to the amazing response of the experienced boat crew and diver they were able to avoid what could have ended as a tragedy. The divers onboard realized that the event was something very rare, and they all returned to the dive in the cages the next day. Via: fb.me/GabeAndGarrett