If you're the adventurous type who would consider diving in a shark-proof cage to catch a glimpse of a Great White up close, this clip just might have you rethinking that.
Tourists near Guadalupe Island were out for a Great White shark cage diving experience. One man caught this gut-wrenching footage of the moment this apex predator breached that cage... while a diver was still inside.
In the YouTube description of the video, the videographer provides clarification as to what exactly happened.
"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."
The diver, a Shanghai resident named Ming Chang, spoke with ABC news about the harrowing experience.
”It happened so fast. The other divers just kept telling me how lucky I am.”
Miraculously, after spending several seconds sharing the confined space with the nightmare of an angry trapped shark, Chang surfaced uninjured and was greeted with a round of relieved applause from onlookers.
According to the video description, the crew was back at it the next day, as this is apparently a rare event. Hopefully they double-checked checked to make sure the rest of their cages were a little more shark-proof.