Diver forced to fend off 16ft shark with hands after it sticks nose in cage

The diver named Dickie was found below the surface in a clear plexiglass container dressed like a seal to attract mega-sharks, known to inhabit the waters of Guadalupe Island, Mexico

The diver was part of a crew doing a dive in the hopes of seeing mega sharks, the largest species of great whites (

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A diver had to fend off a five-meter-long shark with his hands after it stuck its nose into the research container he dived into during a project in notoriously shark-infested waters.

The diver named Dickie was underground in a clear plexiglass container dressed like a seal to attract mega-sharks, known to inhabit the waters of the island of Guadalupe.

Located off the coast of western Mexico, about 400 kilometers southwest of the city of Ensenada in the state of Baja California, in the Pacific Ocean, Guadalupe is rich in sharks as there are many seals.

Dickie was part of a crew that went on a dive in the hopes of seeing mega sharks, the largest species of Great Whites. The clip was posted by Discovery UK in 2018 and recently surfaced online again.

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Within a few minutes of the dive, two sharks begin to circle the container
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Within a few minutes of the dive, two sharks – both fully grown females – four to five meters in length begin to circle the container.

“The sharks really seem to be interested in him, it’s a completely different ball game than in New Zealand,” says a cameraman, referring to another project.

Dickie says that when he looks down below, he can’t see how many sharks there actually are. “Hey Jeff, we now have at least seven circling the cage,” he yells shortly afterwards.

Dickie, pictured later, had to secure the loose door with his hands
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Dickie can secure the door just minutes after the dive. The terrifying footage shows five sharks circling while Dickie has to secure the swing door with his hands.

“There are a lot of big sharks down there,” he shouts when his crew on board informs the camera team that there will be a lot of bigger sharks lurking even deeper.

One of the crew makes him a temporary door lock with a bungee rope and miraculously it works.

“You’re trying to get in, whoa! Dickie just pushed a shark out of the cage,” yells a cameraman in a parallel cage.

Dickie pictured with several Great Whites circling around his plexiglass cage
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Sharks continue to circle and ram the container, but Dickie swims to the boat and to safety in a quieter moment.

“That was damn crazy,” said the relieved cameraman when he reappeared just before Dickie.

“There were five, six, seven sharks, one stuck his nose straight into the cage and Dickie managed to turn around in time and push him out.

“It was super sketchy,” he added.

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