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Cage Diving Offers View of Baja's Great White Sharks

Marc Henauer - The Columbus Dispatch
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May 11, 2015
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Great white sharks at Guadalupe Island (TheColumbusDispatch)

The first thing divers tend to notice about the cage that will serve as a barrier between them and great white sharks is the 18-inch spacing between the middle bars.

“I know what you’re thinking,” dive master Nelson Andres Cota said, as if he were reading minds. “Don’t worry. The sharks are so big, they could not fit their mouths through those bars.”

That pronouncement wasn’t as reassuring as he meant it to be.

Great white sharks sit at the top of the oceanic food chain, and movies such as Jaws only enhance their reputation as the killers of the sea. Male great whites typically grow 11 to 13 feet long, and females tend to be even larger at 14 to 18 feet.

Still, the chance to see these beasts interact in their natural environment inspires more excitement than fear for many adventurers. And those who meet the sharks quickly learn that the reputation is largely undeserved.

Read the rest at The Columbus Dispatch

Related: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Great White Sharks (APP.com)

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