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Watch: Diver Barely Escapes When Great White Shark Breaks Into Cage

Diver Barely Escapes Great White
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Dive into a heart-stopping encounter with a great white shark as it breaks into a diving cage, and the diver barely escapes, near Guadalupe Island, Mexico.

Setting the Scene

Diver Barely Escapes Great White
Photo: National Geographic

The ocean is a vast and mysterious world, home to various marine life, including the fearsome great white shark. These creatures are known for their size, strength, and sharp teeth. However, they are also curious animals that sometimes find themselves in unexpected situations. One such incident occurred near Guadalupe Island, Mexico, when a great white shark broke into a diving cage, leading to a heart-stopping encounter captured in a video by National Geographic.

Diver Barely Escapes Great White

Diver Barely Escapes Great White

The video captures the moment of terror as a great white shark breaks through the diving cage and jumps out, with blood visible in the water. Panic ensues among the onlookers as everyone frantically questions whether someone is inside the cage. 

The Video

18-Foot Shark Attacking a Cage
18-Foot Shark Attacking a Cage

The atmosphere is thick with anxiety as the divers and the boat crew try to assess the situation and ensure the safety of everyone involved. Miraculously, the diver in the cage at the time of the incident manages to climb out, visibly in shock but unharmed. 

The Aftermath

The video ends positively, with the diver safely back on the boat. However, the incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of the ocean and its inhabitants. While shark cage diving is a popular activity for thrill-seekers and marine enthusiasts, it has its risks. Great white sharks are powerful and curious creatures, and their interactions should always be approached with caution and respect.

Interesting Facts About Great White Sharks

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  1. Size and Speed: Great white sharks can grow up to 20 feet long and weigh over 5,000 pounds. They can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.
  2. Diet: Their diet mainly consists of seals, sea lions, and small whales. However, they have been known to eat other sharks and even birds.
  3. Teeth: Great white sharks have multiple rows of teeth, each serrated and razor-sharp. They can have up to 300 teeth at any given time.
  4. Sense of Smell: They have an acute sense of smell and can detect a single drop of blood in 25 gallons of water.
  5. Lifespan: Great white sharks can live up to 70 years in the wild.

Conclusion

great white shark
Image credit: Bernard Dupont

The incident near Guadalupe Island serves as a reminder of the power and unpredictability of great white sharks. While shark cage diving can be an exhilarating experience, it is essential to remember the potential risks involved and to approach these magnificent creatures with caution and respect. Thankfully, in this case, the diver escaped unharmed, and the incident serves as a valuable lesson for all those who venture into the ocean’s depths.

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