Sharks are beau­ti­ful, diver says de­spite narrow es­cape

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

A diver whose near miss with a great white shark be­came a vi­ral video sen­sa­tion, viewed more than 15 mil­lion times on Youtube, says the ocean’s apex preda­tor is “beau­ti­ful”. Chan Ming was on a shark-watch­ing ex­cur­sion off the Mex­i­can coast when the an­i­mal broke into the metal cage pro­tect­ing him.

De­spite their fear­some rep­u­ta­tion, sharks do not nor­mally feed on hu­mans, and have to be drawn in with bait. The shark seized the bait and crashed into the cage, break­ing part of it. Un­able to swim back­wards, it car­ried on in­side, where Chan was alone. The ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive and part-time div­ing in­struc­tor told AFP on Mon­day that he tried hard to stay calm, “be­cause if I get pan­icked it will be very hor­ri­ble in there”. “When the great white shark was break­ing into the cage, the in­side of its mouth was get­ting jammed in the cage, and at that mo­ment I was think­ing ‘Hey, don’t think about com­ing in here’,” he said.

The video shows the shark ap­par­ently bleed­ing as it thrashes its way out through a gap on top of the cage, which was opened by a crew member. An ag­o­niz­ing 20 sec­onds pass be­fore Chan, who is from Hong Kong but lives in Shang­hai, emerges safely.

The har­row­ing in­ci­dent did lit­tle to di­min­ish Chan’s fondness for the great white and he went back into the wa­ter the next day. “You know in Chi­nese we say that ‘Where you fell down, (is) where you need to stand up’,” said the 51-yearold. “I still think the shark, the great white, is so beau­ti­ful, they’re very beau­ti­ful and cute.”

In a com­pany state­ment posted on Face­book, op­er­a­tor Sol­mar V Lux­ury Live-Aboard said the shark did not suf­fer any se­ri­ous in­juries. “Shark breaches of this mag­ni­tude are a one in a mil­lion oc­cur­rence,” it said. “As un­for­tu­nate as it was, it was still an ac­ci­dent.” The com­pany-whose pri­or­ity is to of­fer “unique life ex­pe­ri­ences”-said

its cages have been re­in­forced fol­low­ing the breach, and bait would be thrown fur­ther away from them in fu­ture. Af­ter his Oc­to­ber 4 brush with the great white Chan wrote on his Face­book page that he had been “re­born” and was sa­vor­ing Can­tonese noo­dle soup and beer, ad­ding: “Ev­ery­day are good days.” —AFP

SHANG­HAI: This pic­ture taken on Oc­to­ber 18, 2016 shows Chan Ming, who sur­vived a close en­counter with a great white shark while cage div­ing off Guadalupe Is­land, Mex­ico, watch­ing the vi­ral video of the great white shark on his com­puter.—AFP

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