It doesn’t get much more terrifying than this. In a video that has quickly gone viral in less than 24 hours, we see a great white shark near Guadalupe Island ram into a dive cage, break the metal latch and actually get into the cage with a diver.
As far as nightmare scenarios are concerned, this one may very well take the cake.
Since going live on YouTube yesterday, the video has already amassed more than 1.6 million views and counting.
The man who uploaded the video — and who was present when the incident when down — cautions in the video description that the shark in this instance wasn’t looking to kill.
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.
Not to be deterred, the entire crew was back out on the water next day, diving with sharks as if nothing had happened.