Incredible footage will convince you to add ‘shark cage diving’ to your bucket list

By Emerald Pellot, In The Know

Calypso Star Charters welcomes ordinary people to go shark cage diving at Neptune Islands Marine Park in South Australia.

For the uninitiated, the way cage diving works is each person wears underwater equipment and rather than jumping into shark-infested waters, they are placed in a protective cage. In this case, it's the Calypso Star 2 which is fitted with a gyroscopic active stabilizer to prevent seasickness. The cage descends into the ocean where divers can safely observe the sharks.

While Calypso does have a refund policy in the unlikely event you don't see any sharks, the company is permitted to use natural fish berley to attract the great whites. Sharks are typically present in the area to feed on nosed fur seals. The berley, a mixture of locally sourced fish product, is placed on a tethered bait attached to a floated line to lure sharks closer to the cage.

For those still afraid to add the words "shark cage diving" to their bucket lists, no experience is required for the three-hour journey and Calypso has a 100 percent safety record. Most importantly perhaps, the company operates with sustainability and the environment in mind. It is advanced eco-certified and its vessel captains are Eco-Certified Guides.

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Divers swam with a "big, beautiful gentle giant" whose size and markings were said to resemble those of 20-foot great white shark Deep Blue.
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A group of divers had a close encounter with a great white shark off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, on Tuesday, January 15, with local diver and conservationist, Ocean Ramsey, able to touch the shark as it passed.

Great white sharks are rare in Hawaii’s waters, according to Ramsey and her team.

The hulking shark dwarfed Ramsey as it glided by, attracted to the area by a nearby sperm whale carcass, according to reports.

The team released this video in the hopes it would generate a positive conservationist message. “I’ve dedicated myself to speaking up for [sharks] here in Hawaii and around the world,” Ramsey wrote, saying her team hoped the video would “spark a movement for more laws to protect sharks here in Hawaii and around the world.” Credit: ©OneOceanDiving via Storyful

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