Just when you thought summer was over, and you could put aside your fears about the ocean’s vicious marine life until next beach season, the perfect shark video bites you right in your complacent ass.
If a shark wants to eatcha, it’s gonna find a way. This video posted by kids’ content YouTube channel Gabe and Garrett was supposedly filmed by Gabe and Garrett’s dad while he was on a trip to Guadalupe Island. In the clip, a shark breaks into a shark cage (they should really be called people cages, amirite?), then desperately tries to fight its way out. There is also a diver inside the cage, who narrowly escapes becoming a cautionary tale about shark watching. The video description reads:
On a recent great white shark cage diving trip we experienced a very rare event, a shark breaching the side of the cage. 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. The boat crew did an outstanding job, lifting the top of the cage, analyzing the frenzied situation, and the shark was out after a few long seconds. Everyone on the boat returned to the cages the next day, realizing this was a very rare event. The boat owner, captain, and crew are to be commended for making what could’ve been a tragic event into a happy ending. I’m sure God and luck had a bit to do with it too!
One of the best parts of the video is when the guy in the orange shirt takes his hat off and throws it down like he is about to heroically throw himself in the cage. He’s not. But he does lift the top open, which was enough to save the diver from being thrashed to death. The diver emerges, seemingly unharmed, checking his heartbeat. The shark appears to have survived the encounter as well.
Summer Never Dies.