Shocking moment a great white shark RAMS into an underwater cage full of tourists
- Dramatic footage shows massive shark slam into cage full of tourists
- Matthew Klidjian was ‘nearly knocked over’ by force after it ploughed into bars
- Video filmed off the Gansbaai coast, South Africa, known for great white sharks
Dramatic footage shows the moment a great white shark rams into an underwater cage full of tourists off the coast of Gansbaai, South Africa.
The terrifying video shows the shark leaping from the water to chase a bait ball before going under and slamming into the cage of gob-smacked tourists.
Matthew Klidjian, 46, who filmed the encounter on his Gopro camera, said that the shark ‘rose out of nowhere and came right for them’.
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‘The impact knocked me back but I was happy to have held onto the GoPro. It gave a whole new meaning to ”rattle my cage”.’
‘It left us in no doubt as to who rules beneath the waves,’ he added.
‘It was a surreal glimpse into the life of one of the world’s most revered predators.’
Surreal: The shark can be seen chasing a bait ball and breaching the surface, before crashing into the shark cage causing people inside to be knocked over
Matthew Klidjian, 46, who filmed the footage on his Gopro camera said that it ‘rose out of nowhere and came right for them’
Klidjian, from North Carolina has plenty of experience in the water with sharks and other enormous marine animals.
‘I’ve been in open water with sharks before – a night dive with hammerheads and many scuba dives with sharks.
‘But I knew being a few inches from a great white was going to be something different.
Matthew Klidjian, right, witnessed the surreal encounter with the great predator from inside the underwater cage. He said he was nearly knocked over by the force of the slam
The video was filmed off the coast of Gansbaai, South Africa, known for its dense population of great white sharks
‘Seeing the eyes of the white sharks roll back as their mouths opened to possibly grab a finger or arm on the swim by the cage was electrifying.
The area is known for its dense population of great white sharks, who prey on the seal colony at the nearby Geyser Rock.
Gansbaai‚ about 160km from Cape Town‚ is one of the world’s premier white shark destinations where tourists are virtually guaranteed to spot them on cage-diving trips.
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