Great white shark rams into cage

2013-03-25 09:50
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Great white gets head into diving cage

2013-03-25 08:38

A shark bypasses the bait to penetrate the cage during a shark cage dive in Gansbaai. Warning - profane language.WATCH

Cape Town - A Gansbaai shark-cage diving company has reduced the size of the cage's viewing gap after a great white managed to ram its head into the structure, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times said a group of Canadian tourists were inside the cage on Thursday when a 2.5m great white swam up to the cage and attempted to ram its head into the viewing gap.

The shark thrashed about for a few seconds, forcing the diver closest to it to retreat from its jaws, before it swam away.

It was filmed by Bryan Plummer and went viral on video-sharing site YouTube.

Great White Shark Tours general manager Greg Donald said although there were no injuries, the company reported the incident to the Great White Shark Protection Foundation (GWSPF).

"The cage is built to industry standards and is inspected every year. Since the incident, the viewing [gap] has been reduced by 10%... to 45cm, the lowest in the industry," Donald said.

It was the first time a shark had reacted in this way in the 18 years since the company was launched.

"The shark wasn't lured to do that in any manner. It did that on its own and we don't know why."

GWSPF chair Kim MacLean said the incident was isolated, the process was safe, and that the divers were not in serious danger.
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