Watch Legend Known as ‘Sharkman’ Dive With an 18ft Great White… No Cage!

Written by Sarah Psaradelis
Published: November 27, 2022
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Swimming with great white sharks is not something many people plan on doing, but for some, it is an exhilarating rush where you get to connect and understand one of the ocean’s majestic beasts. The South African “Sharkman”, Mike Rutzen, decided to take a dive with an 18-foot-long great white shark, right off Shark Alley along Gansbaai in South Africa. He didn’t just dive with any shark but had to wait around 3 months until he could find a relaxed shark to tolerate a human in its presence.

This was one of the most giant sharks Mike got to dive with, and the video footage took 15 minutes to film. If swimming with one of the most feared sharks without being harmed wasn’t enough to shock you, Mike was also able to pet the shark’s nose. Sharks can be quite incredible, and the video shows how most great white sharks don’t deserve such a bad reputation.

Another astonishing thing to notice in the video is that Mike wasn’t protected with a cage in the water, as most divers would view this shark through an underwater cage known as “shark cage diving”. You can see from the footage in the video that the shark did not have any intentions to harm Mark, and it instead allowed its nose to be touched before swimming off.

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A huge great white shark investigates 3 divers in a shark cage as sun rays penetrate the clear, cool waters of Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
A huge great white shark investigates 3 divers in a shark cage as sun rays penetrate the clear, cool waters of Guadalupe Island, Mexico.

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Are 18 Feet Large for A Shark?

Great white sharks can get large, and the shark in the video is considered a big shark. Large great white sharks can reach a length of 20 feet long, with most female great whites growing between 15 to 16 feet and males between 11 to 13 feet. Female great white sharks are typically larger than males and can weigh up to 5,000 pounds.

Can You Swim With Great White Sharks?

Even though the diver in the video was swimming by the shark and petting its nose, it is not recommended to try this. Diving unprotected with sharks should be left to professionals, and shark cage diving is a much safer option if you still want to get close to a shark but be protected. Even though sharks aren’t the ferocious beasts they are made out to be in movies, respecting the shark and keeping yourself safe is important.

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I am a big animal lover that not only enjoys owning and getting to care for them, but also to write about them! I own many fish, along with shrimp, hamsters and a docile tarantula. Writing has become my passion and I am grateful to be able to write about the animals I love so dearly so that I can share my knowledge and expertise in the articles I write.

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