WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT A great white shark became trapped in the metal bars of a diver’s cage, causing the creature to bleed out for 25 minutes before its tragic death
A great white shark died in a freak accident after becoming stuck in the metal bars of a diver’s cage.
The usually fearsome predator turned into the victim of a tragic story as it lunged at divers inside the cage off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, becoming trapped between the bars and sustaining an injury that had the creature bleeding out for 25 minutes, the Mirror reports.
Environmentalist Arturo Islas Allende released a harrowing video following initial false claims the shark had been able to free itself and swim away.
The footage shows the creature fighting to free itself for up to 25 minutes, before succumbing to blood loss and sinking to the ocean floor.
The owner of the ship that was involved in the bizarre event claimed the shark had been aggressive, stating it had “attacked one of the cages used by our company to dive at Guadalupe Island”.
Diving cages are a popular tourist attraction in shark-infested waters, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the scary creatures without being in harm’s way.
Nautilus Dive Adventures assured their cages complied with national regulations, saying: “There was an incident with a great white shark repeatedly charging one of our cages at Guadalupe Island in October towards the end of our 2019 season.
“We were horrified, very sad, upset and worried for both the shark and our divers.
“We stage approximately 50,000 white shark dives every year and have been running these trips since 2003.”
However, there are concerns that the cages pose a real threat to sharks as contact with the bars can injure the sharks or cause them to alter their behaviour.
The worries are so stark that in 2018, New Zealand banned diving tanks such as these altogether.
Despite their reputation as cold-blooded killers, great whites are considered essential to marine life, sitting at the top of the aquatic food chain.
And thanks to years of being hunted by man for its fins, teeth, and even for sport, great whites are now an endangered species, labelled ‘vulnerable’ by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) – meaning they face a high risk of extinction in the wild.