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Watch a Man’s Cliff Dive Turn Into a Nightmare When He Lands Next to a Great White Shark

Written by Angie Menjivar
Updated: May 16, 2023
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Key Points:

  • Great white sharks are at the top of the food chain and are regarded with fear by marine animals as well as humans.
  • The activity of jumping off cliffs into water is recognized as an extreme sport that is participated in by both experts and novices.
  • Luckily no one was hurt in this video.

There’s something to be said about thrill seekers. They’re something special and often accomplish great feats.

In some instances, however, they just get themselves into unthinkable trouble! Watch the video at the bottom of this page to see a cliff diver’s thrilling freefall turn into a face-to-face encounter with a great white shark.

What is Cliff Diving?

Cliff diving is considered an extreme sport that both professionals and amateurs engage in. Essentially, divers seek out a cliff that leads to the water. They jump and free fall until they land in the water. Amateurs may just jump feet first whereas other, more seasoned pros, may perform some awe-inspiring aerobatics on their way down.

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Cliff divers don’t utilize any special equipment like shoes, a helmet, or the like. They simply hurl bodies off the cliff and go! There are actually cliff diving competitive events such as the 2009 Cliff Diving Competition, where some pros jumped from a towering height of 85 feet (imagine an 8-story building to get a proper picture in your head). One prominent competition is the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, which has been going strong since 2009. Some of the locations this annual event has taken place in include Australia, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Thailand, and the United States.

Sometimes the cliffs aren’t that high and other times, just the thought can make you queasy. This sport is not just extreme, it’s also dangerous due to a variety of factors and a lack of safety equipment.

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Amateurs cliff divers may just jump feet first into the water, vs. more seasoned pros who may perform aerobatics on their way down.

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Are Great White Sharks Aggressive to Humans?

Great white sharks are apex predators and are feared by both underwater creatures and humans. These huge sharks eat other fish and sharks. They also go for dolphins, and seals, and will even munch on a whale carcass.

They have shown aggression toward humans, with several recorded instances, including some fatal attacks. Interestingly, however, great white sharks don’t actively hunt people or enjoy the taste of human flesh. We’re not their cup of tea, so to speak. But if they are curious and think we’re one of the sea-dwelling creatures they usually prey on, they may get close enough to do serious damage.

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The great white shark gets a little too close for comfort.

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From Cliff to Shark: One Diver’s Ultimate Adrenaline Rush

The video below starts as a man fixes his GoPro camera, looking down into a lens at an awkward angle. He straps it on, high-fives his buddy, and heads around a fence to a cliffside. He’s at Sydney Harbour in Australia and several boats can be seen in the distance.

He makes his way to the edge of the cliff and says “Alright, ready!” and jumps. He grunts a bit as if choking back some fear as he freefalls. The camera captures his plunge into the water and the view gets blurry and bubble-filled.

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Swimmers should always be aware of their surroundings if swimming in waters where sharks could be swimming.

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He comes up within seconds only to hear his buddy screaming “Shark!” from the cliff and pointing toward the water. Perhaps not registering what his buddy is saying at first, he gives a thumbs up. A second later, he realizes the precarious situation he’s in. He starts swimming and heads straight for it.

When he spots it, he’s underwater and lets out a horrified, muffled scream. The shark swims mere feet from him, and he flails his legs and arms, trying to get it to move. Watch his reaction when he finally reaches safety in the video below!

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Watch an adrenaline junkie get more than he bargained for after a cliff jump!

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Angie is a writer with over 10 years of experience developing content for product and brand reviews, focusing much of her time on animals of all types. A cat owner herself, she enjoys writing articles on beloved pets that both inform and entertain her audience.

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