Tourist captures terrifying moment of a great white shark torpedoes

  • Tourist captures terrifying moment of a great white shark torpedoes

Tourist captures terrifying moment of a great white shark torpedoes

In a video uploaded to Youtube by Spencer Reilly on Sunday, a shark comes speeding towards the cage before slamming into it just inches from the diver's face.

Cage diving with sharks is a popular tourist activity in South Africa, but is not without controversy. Mr Reilly had chosen to go diving off the coast of Gansbaai, about 160 kilometres south-east of Cape Town.

Like something out of a Jaws film, footage shows the shark launching at the cage out of nowhere, wrapping its teeth around the cage's rope and metal.

Critics say the activity is inauthentic, unsustainable and perpetuates myths and fear surrounding the animals.

 

The chance to dive with the great white sharks attract some of the highest number of tourists to South Africa, but after this footage it's unlikely to encourage anyone to do it again anytime soon.