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Who’s More Surprised: The Diver or Great White Shark?

American tourist Spencer Reilly went cage diving to see a Great White Shark, and got more than he bargained for.   (Image:  Spencer Reilly  via YouTube)
American tourist Spencer Reilly went cage diving to see a Great White Shark, and got more than he bargained for. (Image: Spencer Reilly via YouTube)

Getting up close and personal with a Great White Shark in murky waters may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but that’s what American Spencer Reilly did while cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa.

What’s more, he did it on his honeymoon, and he caught it all on video that he has posted online, which you can see below:

I’d say Reilly and the shark equally got a big shock.

“That should not have happened really; they don’t like the shark to get too close to the cage, but there was low visibility and the shark came at the bait extremely fast,” Reilly told 9news.com.au.

“It was not too scary because it happened so fast, and then it was pretty exhilarating.”

The shark, well, it looked like it came off second best, and might be nursing a sore jaw or a few missing teeth. But a Great White may use and lose over a thousand teeth in its lifetime.

Reilly posted his video on the weekend, and his experience with the large predator is going viral.

In the ocean, Great Whites are at the top of the food chain, and ever since the Jaws movies, they’ve pretty much got an overly fearful reputation. Shark experts say they’d actually pretty much prefer not to eat people.

According to the Sharfacts website, Great Whites don’t often attack people, and when they do, it is because the shark has mistaken the person for their usual seal prey. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 Great White Sharks left in our oceans.

See this amazing video from ABC News of a brave young woman who free dives with Great Whites:

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