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Shark Diving Gone Wrong

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Shark tourism has become widely popular - more and more people are fascinated by the majestic predators. Here are some cases where shark diving went terribly wrong...

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7: Ming Chan
In October 2016, Ming Chan, a 51 year old part time scuba instructor from Shanghai was among 20 people on a diving tour at Guadalupe Island, Mexico. There, Chan jumped into a shark diving cage in the water, hoping to get a close up view of the sea creatures. He looked on as a 10 foot long great white shark rose to the surface to devour a piece of bait used to attract it towards the cage. Suddenly, the cage started shaking and the water inside was frothing and foaming. Chan, who happened to be the only diver inside, realized that he was trapped inside the small cage
6: Katie Yonker, Yann and others
After the terrifying footage of Ming Chan escaping a great white shark spread across the internet, another video has emerged, showing another case of shark diving gone wrong in the very same waters of Guadalupe Island, Mexico which occurred in September 2016. Katie Yonker, who was one of the 4 divers trapped in a shark diving cage while being attacked by a 4.5 meter shark described the terrifying experience. The female shark known as Milana Arnone had swam up to the tank's air supply and bit its hose, resulting in an explosion of air bubbles, and the oxygen supply to the 4 divers in the cage was cut off. The dive master, named Yann
5: Jeff Kerr and Andy Casagrande
In 2015, marine scientists Jeff kerr and Andy Casagrande were in New Zealand’s waters investigating the sightings of a 20 foot great white shark. The shark experts were filming a documentary film for Discovery Channel, and intended to tag the creature and other members of its species with fin cameras to track their movements and migration. But their efforts proved not without difficulties when they faced an intense and bone chilling encounter with the sea predators. The pair of researchers was exploring the waters at night. In the hope of getting a better image of the modern day legend, Andy was lowered into a shark cage
4: Roger Gray
In March 2013, one wife nearly lost her husband the following day of their marriage after her thrill seeking husband got more than he bargained for. Roger Gray, newlywed, was shark diving in Gansbaai, just off the coast of South Africa's Western Cape. But as Roger was observing the predators from the apparent safety of a diving cage, one rogue shark decided to ignore the fake bait surrounding the area, and go straight to the live humans. Through sheer strength the shark managed to penetrate its head through the steel bars
3: Spencer and Tiffany Reilly
Another case of newlyweds nearly getting killed in the shark infested waters of Gansbaai, South Africa was that of Spencer and Tiffany Reilly, who went honeymooning in the popular destination in November 2015. The couple was submerged inside a shark cage, watching the sea creatures while shark bait
2: John Petty
Dr John Petty, a chiro-practitioner from Texas went scuba diving in the Bahamas on July 13, 2014. The 63 year old avid adventurer and award winning underwater photographer was extremely excited, as he would be swimming alongside tiger sharks as part of an ongoing project of his to photograph exotic animals from all over the world. The expedition was an audacious one, as Petty dived in open waters instead of inside the safety of a cage. Cage-free shark dives has been increasingly popular in the region over the last decade, and Petty was drawn to it, wanting to get the best shots of Bahamian tiger sharks. Along with seven other divers, Petty arrived at Grand Bahama Island. They spent around 5 hours in the water
1: Markus Groh
As shown in the case of John Petty, cageless shark dives could easily go wrong. For this reason, cageless shark dives that specifically target dangerous species through shark feeding has been banned in many places. However, some shark diving operators in Florida bypass the system by taking their customers to the Bahamas where the law does not take effect. Markus Groh, a lawyer from Vienna, Austria participated in one such expedition. In 2008, the 49 year old went into the Bahamian waters for a cageless shark diving experience. Sharks were lured using crates of chum made of dead fish and fish entrails to bring the predators closer

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