I've never been sure why people want a cage - it only attracts big fish....
Cross that one off my list!
Have been wondering when someone would bring this up.
The company involved has since announced...""The viewing gap was immediately reduced by approximately 10%"".
I don't think that will matter. If that shark wants to go through it it will.
I saw a more full video of this incident in another article. That shark diving company was literally pouring blood into the water.
I remember seeing them tug a dead fish as chum with my company but not pouring blood and dead fishes into the water when I went.
Is it common for shark dive companies to just pour blood and chum into the water?
did it, did it again, watched this video, done!
So glad I did it before this happened probably never would now get in that cage, especially as I did think at the time that face level opening was rather large and unecessary!
Not sure about the blood, it was not used on our boat, but I believe most if not all do use chum. It is a controversial subject as to whether or not the sharks are being lured or baited, which clearly they are. It is however tightly regulated and feeding is definitely banned. Although really I do not see much difference between feeding and chumming, except chumming keeps the sharks hungry and hanging around.
Just watched my underwater video and photos again. I remembered it to be amazing but wow, I'd forgotten how amazing!
From my videos/photos, I can see the company I went with didn't pour blood or loose chum into the water like the attack video company. They did though have one fish head on a rope to lure the shark to the boat, so better but still not totally safe.
I'm actually still crazy enough to do it again if it wasn't so expensive for me to do so :). I think more people die in car accidents every year.
I just realized something else, the shark company on the video poured blood and loose chum directly into the water and dragged the bait right in front of the cage.
In my home videos, it was only one fish head bait on a rope and they only used it to bring the shark to the boat (not bringing the bait on the side of the boat the cage was at). No pouring blood or loose chum of any kind.
Was watching an abc news youtube clip on the shark attack, they say the moral of this story is to pick the right company to go with, not that you should just not do the cage dives altogether. I think they are right about this. Of course there is risk but given that we haven't really heard much of people dying from the cage dives, I really do believe it's safer than walking across the street.
I went with Apex predators by the way in case anyone is looking for a safer company. Not trying to sound like a saleman (I have no affiliation with them), just thought I'd share to help keep people safer.Edited: 11:20 pm, March 26, 2013
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