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article imageWatch a great white shark break into diving cage

By JohnThomas Didymus     Mar 23, 2013 in Environment
Gansbaai - A new bride came within a whisker of losing her husband after only one day of marriage. A group of friends were shark diving off the coast of South Africa when they had an uncomfortably close encounter with a great white shark.
They video shows a great white shark approaching the diver's cage. Unexpectedly, it ignores the bait and heads straight for the man in the diver's cage identified simply as Roger.
YouTube user Bryan Plummer uploaded the video that shows the terrifying moment the shark attacks.
Plummer writes: "A shark totally ignores the bait and goes straight for the cage."
Watch as the shark rams its head, mouth wide open, into the cage and attempt to grab the diver. It gets its head stuck in the bars. This impedes its movement and ability to grab the diver in its jaws. It trashes around in the water as it tries to shake itself free.
At a point in the heart-stopping encounter the camera captures the beast's open row of fiendish teeth.
As the shark trashes in the water the diver disappears and it is uncertain for a few seconds what had become of him. But he surfaces soon after the shark withdraws, much to the relief of his companions.
He managed to escape the the beast's jaws by diving below it. According to the Daily Mail, he just got married a day before.
The Huffington Post explains that Shark cage diving is a major tourist attraction in the Gansbaai, South Africa, where the frightful incident was filmed.
The sport is popular and safe because the diver's cage is constructed to withstand shark assault and the bars are too narrow to allow the shark's snout pass through.
But, well, sometimes accidents occur.
Great white sharks are feared predators and may grow over 15 feet in length. Digital Journal reports that great white sharks are listed as endangered and are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's "Red List" of threatened species. They are now protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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