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Consider yourself warned: This video will permanently scare you away from ever wanting to swim with the sharks.
A man on vacation in Guadalupe Island got more than he bargained for on his shark adventure when a great white lunged through a swim cage with a diver still inside. The footage looks like an outtake from Jaws.
There’s a perfectly reasonable reason for the attack, but I doubt it all calm anyone’s fears. As the host video’s host 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.
He went on to note that the diver was one of the instructors and managed to escape out the bottom of the cage, where he waited until the shark finished thrashing about. He wrote, “Everyone on the boat returned to the cages the next day, realizing this was a very rare event.”
Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.