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When Great White Cage Dives Go Awry

it may not be as safe as you’re told

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Diving instructor Chan Ming, a Shanghai-based advertising executive, got more than he expected when he embarked on a five-day trip out to Mexico's Guadalupe Island with 20 others aboard Solmar V for a cage diving experience with great white sharks. It was October 4th. Other divers had just left the cage, and he was alone with his camera when a large beast, chasing a tuna bait on a line, hurtled toward the cage and crashed through the (too flimsy) bars to join him.

A video of the event, taken from the surface, went viral on social media and there was a memorable moment recorded as the huge shark thrashed about in panic and an attempt to escape when someone was heard to ask, "Is anyone still in the cage?" ...

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