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October 13, 2016 5:52 PM   Subscribe

Great White Shark Cage Breach. What it says on the tin.
posted by whimsicalnymph (48 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
" ..... was there anybody in there?"
posted by philip-random at 6:02 PM on October 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


(In case anyone is too scared to watch - this is not a snuff video, and there's no blood or gore apart from the bait they throw into the water). I hope that's enough reassurance without giving away spoilers.
posted by lollusc at 6:18 PM on October 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


(Also, how can they not know whether or not there's someone in their shark cage? That seems like a rather large failure to pay attention to what they are doing.)
posted by lollusc at 6:19 PM on October 13, 2016 [25 favorites]


Of course I was worried about the diver - but I also felt bad for the shark. Is that weird?
posted by helmutdog at 6:20 PM on October 13, 2016 [16 favorites]


I'm there with you, helmutdog. Shark's out where sharks live, it's people making the effort to bug it.

(Also, it seemed bloody around the gills.)
posted by clew at 6:22 PM on October 13, 2016 [13 favorites]


I can't believe the water didn't turn brown.
posted by 4ster at 6:29 PM on October 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


I can't believe the water didn't turn brown.

The inside of the person's wetsuit probably did.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:29 PM on October 13, 2016 [10 favorites]


(Also, it seemed bloody around the gills.)

I think/hope that was from the bait fish it swallowed right before getting stuck in the cage.
posted by tobascodagama at 6:30 PM on October 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


That diver's nickname is chum from this day forward.
posted by zippy at 6:36 PM on October 13, 2016 [3 favorites]


WHERE IS YOUR DIVE PARTNER?????
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 6:44 PM on October 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


I want to see the footage from the guy in the cage.
posted by milkwood at 6:54 PM on October 13, 2016 [8 favorites]


AND THIS IS MY GREAT BIG FACE OF NOPE SORRY NOPE NOPE NOPE
posted by Bringer Tom at 6:58 PM on October 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


(Also, how can they not know whether or not there's someone in their shark cage? That seems like a rather large failure to pay attention to what they are doing.)

my guess is the guy shooting the video wasn't a crew member -- probably waiting in line for his turn in the cage.
posted by philip-random at 6:59 PM on October 13, 2016 [7 favorites]


haha. it's cute that you think i'm going to watch that.

eep
posted by prismatic7 at 7:10 PM on October 13, 2016 [5 favorites]


That woke me up.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 7:11 PM on October 13, 2016


WHERE IS YOUR DIVE PARTNER?????

Well, um...there were two people in the cage...
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:11 PM on October 13, 2016 [6 favorites]


You go in the cage?
Cage goes in the water?
Shark's in the water?
Our shark.

Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies...
posted by Atom Eyes at 7:14 PM on October 13, 2016 [11 favorites]


Lot of concern in my neck of the woods that this kind of tourism experience is going to cause harm long term by training the sharks to approach boats and divers.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 7:16 PM on October 13, 2016 [14 favorites]


What it says on the tin.

See, I think that's where they went wrong. Conventional stainless steel is much more suited to the task.
posted by tclark at 7:38 PM on October 13, 2016 [9 favorites]




(Also, how can they not know whether or not there's someone in their shark cage? That seems like a rather large failure to pay attention to what they are doing.)

The guy with the video camera didn't seem to know if anyone is in there; however, judging by the reaction of the guy in the orange shirt - who I think was crew - he knew damn well somebody was in there, which is why he jumped to lift the bars and to try to haul on the rope before realizing the shark would be on top of whoever was in there. That guy's body language was screaming to me that somebody was in there with the shark and that he couldn't do a fucking thing about it.
posted by nubs at 7:53 PM on October 13, 2016 [8 favorites]


What a bunch of jackasses. Chumming to attract sharks for wealthy tourists should be banned.
posted by My Dad at 7:58 PM on October 13, 2016 [18 favorites]


Or for middle class tourists. Or for poor tourists who saved up for a long time.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:16 PM on October 13, 2016 [14 favorites]


None of that shark's friends are gonna believe his story
posted by orange ball at 8:55 PM on October 13, 2016 [15 favorites]


Hah, I stayed up way too late last night watching "Jaws" for the first time in maybe 40 years.
posted by rhizome at 9:07 PM on October 13, 2016 [2 favorites]


We're gonna need a bigger NOPE.
posted by furtive at 9:12 PM on October 13, 2016 [43 favorites]


I only opened this to see how far down the first NOPE would be. I was surprised to see it was #12.
posted by Bruce H. at 10:16 PM on October 13, 2016


" ..... was there anybody in there?"
After the shark violently—is there any other exit mode for such a creature?—exits the cage, a few seconds later we hear: "Nobody's in the cage." And a few seconds after that: "Yeah, somebody's in the cage. It has to be, um, Ming. It's Ming."

Fortunately, that was probably just a tourist and the guides were clearly not beholden to his narrative. In the end everyone (including the shark, I think) was fine.
posted by christopherious at 10:41 PM on October 13, 2016


WOW. That was incredible.
posted by davidmsc at 11:22 PM on October 13, 2016 [1 favorite]


Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies...

Relevant at the moment, Megyn Kelly has fun with Mike Huckabee as he mangles a comparison of Trump to Captain Quint from Jaws.
posted by jontyjago at 1:09 AM on October 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


philip-random: "" ..... was there anybody in there?""

well, there was somebody in there...
posted by chavenet at 2:56 AM on October 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Poor sharky. Hope it's ok.
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:18 AM on October 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


I wonder if there was anybody in the other cage. If so, it's like that far side with Don's Discount Shark Cages come to life.
posted by mattamatic at 3:26 AM on October 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


I am truly impressed by the lack of swearing in this video. If I were there, the sky, the ocean, everyone's ears, would be so much bluer.
posted by adept256 at 4:24 AM on October 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


...was anybody in there....?

Actually, no.

If you read the account of the dive group, when the shark lunged and accidentally got into the cage the guy that was in it got knocked out of it, through the bottom bars. He was (thankfully?) underneath it while the shark was thrashing around inside the cage. He was underneath it contemplating two other great white sharks who were hanging around waiting their turn to be baited with hunks of tuna, and waiting for his earliest opportunity to wriggle back up into the cage and up to the surface. Fortunately as he was an experience diver instead of going back into the cage through the large and easy opening the shark had made he went back in through the small and not so easy open he had left it by, following his air hose.

The situation was actually even more hairy than it looked.
posted by Jane the Brown at 4:34 AM on October 14, 2016 [17 favorites]


Terrifying. Weird though - taking off your hat and throwing it on the ground is a really weird reaction in a life or death situation. Thats like something a coach does when they are pissed off at a game. I guess people do strange things in a panic.
posted by gt2 at 5:04 AM on October 14, 2016 [2 favorites]


Relevant at the moment, Megyn Kelly has fun with Mike Huckabee as he mangles a comparison of Trump to Captain Quint from Jaws.

Nah, he's the much-less-likeable novel version of Matt Hooper. Or perhaps the Mayor.
posted by tobascodagama at 5:24 AM on October 14, 2016


I love the way the diver makes sure the deckhand's got his camera before he thinks about giving the OK signal, let alone getting out of the cage. That is such an... underwater photographer thing to do.
posted by Zeinab Badawi's Twenty Hotels at 6:09 AM on October 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


The crew definitely knew there was someone in there; the second line they haul in (after opening the cage to let out the shark) is an umbilical air supply. What they were actually expecting to find at the other end, of course, is another story.

There are divers in the other cage — you can see their hands breaking the surface at 1:11, at which point the guy who's been holding the diver's camera ambles over in an unhurried fashion to let them out. It doesn't look like they had any hassle, so my takeaway from this is that cage diving with chummed sharks is a bit like camping with lions: you don't have to be a long way away from the chum, just farther away than somebody else.
posted by Zeinab Badawi's Twenty Hotels at 6:34 AM on October 14, 2016


I thought exactly what Steve Jobs would have said. I bet that guy shit his pants.
posted by bukvich at 7:43 AM on October 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


Yeah, if that wetsuit was a rental I hope they trashed it afterwards.
posted by TedW at 9:23 AM on October 14, 2016


Man, these cage fighting gimmicks are getting weirder and weirder.
posted by I-baLL at 9:45 AM on October 14, 2016


Be weary of Harbor Freight shark cage specials.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 10:33 AM on October 14, 2016 [4 favorites]


Terrifying. Weird though - taking off your hat and throwing it on the ground is a really weird reaction in a life or death situation. Thats like something a coach does when they are pissed off at a game. I guess people do strange things in a panic.

I thought both those guys were taking off their hats so they wouldn't lose them in the water by leaning over so far.

PS/NOPE
posted by corvikate at 11:24 AM on October 14, 2016


My husband went cage diving three years ago. He honestly wanted to go without the cage. He would have loved this experience.

This is why I stay home.
posted by stormpooper at 11:38 AM on October 14, 2016


how can they not know whether or not there's someone in their shark cage?

Perhaps because the diver had a way of exiting the cage while the shark was in it? From the video desc:

"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."
posted by zippy at 2:12 PM on October 14, 2016 [1 favorite]


And they think the shark is ok too.. from one of the comments from the video poster:

"The blood could be from thrashing in the metal cage, possibly the tuna, but it was evaluated by a biologist and determined to be a minor wound and the shark was spotted the next day totally fine."
posted by nat at 4:38 PM on October 15, 2016 [1 favorite]


The video is the starkest illustration of the fact that sharks are not subject to reason.
posted by rhizome at 5:52 PM on October 15, 2016


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