There are many people in the world who think sharks are terrifying, man-eating creatures hellbent on the destruction of puny mankind. However, as many conversationists constantly remind us, they are in reality incredible and beautiful animals which are becoming more and more endangered around the world.
Naturally, this second fact is very important to remember, although I can imagine that becomes rather difficult when you're literally a few inches from a wild, chomping, tooth-filled killer-fish.
That's what recently happened to Hillary Petroski, a volunteer worker who decided to take the plunge in a shark cage in South Africa. After baiting the water for several minutes, a huge 12-foot shark emerged from the depths and started to attack the cage with Hillary inside. Cue screaming, chomping and panicked thoughts about how strong these shark cages really are. Check out the video below:
Hillary managed to make it out unscathed, although it seems the poor cage took a little bit of a battering. Our intrepid shark taunter explained:
The round buoy attached to the side of the cage was bent in half. Some of the lining of the outside blue barrier bar was bitten through as well.
Of course, when you jump in a shark cage, you are kind of hoping to get a close encounter with a shark, however, I can imagine this might have been a little too close for some.
Although it might look like the shark is trying to get at the tasty treat frolicking around inside the cage, in reality it's probably engaging in some slightly less terrifying behavior. Since sharks are the apex predators in the oceans, they often have little to fear from nature, so they are extremely curious. However, when you consider they don't have arms to feel with, they only really have one way of investigating strange objects - biting them. With this in mind, ol' sharky here might be simply exploring what these strange metal boxes with weird screaming things inside are all about.