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Whilst out on a charter with one of our regular customers Steve, this big beast turned up & wouldn't leave us alone. He nearly took a chunk out of my Yamaha motors, leaving a few small dents & scratches. Estimated 5.5 meters & of breeding size, showing battle scars on her back & tail most likely inflicted from mating rituals. Spring heading into Summer is acknowledged as pupping & Bass Strait is considered the pumping ground for the eastern seaboard population. This shark looks to be on the verge of dropping her bundles of joy very soon...

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On a recent great white shark cage diving trip we experienced a very rare event, a shark breaching the side of the cage. What might appear to be an aggressive great white shark trying to attack the cage, this is not the case. These awesome sharks are biting at large chunks of tuna tied to a rope. When a great white shark lunges and bites something, it is temporarily blinded. They also cannot swim backwards. So this shark lunged at the bait, accidentally hit the side of the cage, was most likely confused and not able to swim backwards, it thrust forward and broke the metal rail of the cage. 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. The boat crew did an outstanding job, lifting the top of the cage, analyzing the frenzied situation, and the shark was out after a few long seconds. Everyone on the boat returned to the cages the next day, realizing this was a very rare event. The boat owner, captain, and crew are to be commended for making what could've been a tragic event into a happy ending. I'm sure God and luck had a bit to do with it too!

I want to return next year for another great white shark adventure!

Via: Jamie Hugg
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I was diving off the coast of Santa Barbara at Refugio Point Sept 1st when I was hit in the back, I thought it was my friends playing a joke on me. I lost grip of my speargun which I quickly retrieved and then it hit me. A HUGE great white which was at least 12ft long attacked me from the left side. It quickly circled around me and I used my speargun to keep it away.
Extremely lucky to get out of this one alive. I saw blood around me and wasn't sure where it was from, so I swam as fast as I could back to shore. Got a laceration on my right foot in the initial hit, I didn't realized the shark had bit me. The shark bite broke two of my toes.
Here is the aftermath of my toes:

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