This video of a Great White Shark breaking into a shark cage while a person is trapped inside is probably one of the ten most pants-pooping moments I’ve seen on the web. According to the video description, these guys were diving off the coast of Guadalupe Island, feeding sharks tuna, when a Great White breached the shark cage.
When we say “breach” we don’t mean that the shark stuck his scary head in, looked around a bit, and then bounced. No, the shark got all the way into the cage and started freaking out, all while someone was trapped inside with the shark.
I don’t want to ruin what happens in the video, so go ahead and read it below.
If you’re looking for more details, here’s the full description from the video:
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 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!