“Hey, check this out!” the boss said to me. He’d been cruising the web, looking at interesting dive videos when he came across a doozy. You might have seen it: grainy footage of a recent shark cage dive in Mexico. The video starts out sane enough. A sizeable great white is circling the cage and then strikes a piece of chum hard. Then, before anyone can react, the shark somehow flips into the cage. For the next few agonizing seconds the gigantic fish roils around and creates a frothy mix of white water. As you watch, you can’t help but think about who is in that cage, and what is happening to him or her. Then, after the shark finally frees itself, a lone diver is seen scrambling out of the cage.
Stunningly, he is unharmed.
Chan Ming, 51, an advertising executive in Shanghai, was on a five-day trip for cage diving out of Ensenada. What he didn’t bargain for is what we call around here the “extra Adrenaline package.”
Watch the video:
“Not for me,” you might say. And no one would blame you. That said, there’s a robust market in shark cage diving, and when done properly it can be safe. Lots of dive operators rely on cage diving to make a living and we don’t begrudge them for doing so. This is not a hit piece against shark diving, but the reality is that stuff happens. Cage dives go wrong. Here are a few more examples:
Great White Shark Cage Diving Gone Wrong!
Underwater filmmaker Andre Hartmann captured on tape what it might have looked like to Chan Ming for those few tense moments. Watching the video, it is difficult not to place yourself in that cage with those divers. Listen closely and you can hear them screaming through their regulators.
Shark Cage Dive, Close Call with a Great White!
This video might not be as dramatic as the previous two, but it still shows you how large and unpredictable a great white can be. If you are pressed for time, go to the 49 second mark and you will see what the video producer meant by a “close call.” The shark sticks its nose into the cage for a second, and though it never breaches the bars, it’s a little tense.
Great White Shark Cage diving close call
This one is really cool. Brief, but cool. Ever seen a great white torpedo? That’s exactly what this fish looks like as it slides through the water like a sleek missile. Pretty amazing that the shark (or the divers for that matter) didn’t get hurt in the filming of this video. My guess is those divers had a little surprise waiting for them in their wetsuits. Sorry for the gross visual, but those things happen during a dive, and especially during a shark cage dive!