This is up there with the scariest shark attack videos released in the last few years. Click below to watch the full video of a tiger shark attacking a group of scuba divers at the Cathedral Dive Site in Fiji’sBeqa Lagoon.
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Diving at Beqa Lagoon
Beqa Lagoon is a spectacular location where brave divers get to hang out with some of the ocean’s most terrifying predators. This is only possible because the locals have been swimming with sharks for over 3,000 years. Ancient Fijian populations even worshipped a shark god called Dakuwaqa. Tourists and visitors can dive with the local ‘shark wranglers’ and we probably see some of them in this video. They place themselves between the sharks and the visiting divers. The wranglers communicate with the sharks using hand signals to indicate where the sharks can find food and who they should leave alone! Most sharks comply but if they don’t the wranglers have equipment to push them away.
Tiger Shark on the Attack
Tiger sharks are the fourth largest species of shark in the world. They are one of the “Big Three” sharks when it comes to attacks on humans along with great white sharks and bull sharks. These sharks are capable of causing serious injuries to humans with their teeth that are designed to sheer off flesh. Their bite is so powerful it can crush a sea turtle’s shell or a clam. It gets its name from the stripes on its back but as it grows older, its stripes begin to fade.
These sharks have a very varied diet and will eat almost anything they come across. This includes things such as fish, sting rays and sea snakes although they will also eat seabirds and dead animals that have been dumped in the sea. Some people call them garbage fish because they also swallow plastic, empty cans and license plates.
This is what can make them a danger to humans – they are not fussy about what they eat! In this clip, the shark is clearly biting at one diver’s air tank pipes and another has lots his mask in the panic. We hope everyone was okay after this close encounter.
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