Great White Shark Attacks Cage With Tourists Inside At South Africa’s Mossel Bay

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IN PHOTO: A sand tiger shark (Carcharhinus Taurus) and other fish species swim inside a tank during a presentation of the European Shark Week in the Madrid's Zoo Aquarium October 14, 2011. Members of the Shark Alliance in Europe run a week of activities demanding that policy makers secure the future health of shark populations. Reuters/Andrea Comas

Tourists with penchant for dangerous adventures got a taste of it, including being scared to death, when a great white shark at an underwater adventure park in Mossel Bay in South Africa attacked their cage. The shark managed to bend some of the bars that separated it from the terrified visitors.

But despite the shark’s efforts, the bars did not give way, to the relief of the tourists, reports Mashable. They were all safe, although shaken, as recorded videos of the shark attack had audio of the female tourists screaming, reports Huffington Post.

Photos of the incident also showed close up shots of the shark’s sharp teeth biting the cage’s bars. The video was caught by Hillary Rae Petroski from New York on her underwater camera. She was one of those who screamed, “Oh my god!”

South Africa is considered a shark-infested zone. However, a trip guide pointed out to the Guardian that annually, less than 10 people are taken out by the sharks. In comparison, over 400 people are killed by electric toasters.

However, in June, there was a surge in incidents of shark attacks across the world. North and South Carolina in the US reported seven incidents in which two attacks occurred within 90 minutes. In South Africa, two such attacks happened for the month.

While it is often difficult to explain the cause of the surge, National Geographic suggested that weather and currents could be factors behind the rise in shark attacks. It said there are higher chances of attacks when the water temperature reaches 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the strong current flow from the north along the coast brings bait fish, reports Surfermag.

A Dutch female tourist in Australia had a similar experience as the tourists in South Africa when there was a problem with the mechanism that controlled the movement of the cage she was in. She was underwater for some minutes, while two man-eating crocs hovered under her.

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