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Trip Report: Great White bites through anchor cable

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by glenora, Dec 16, 2003.

  1. glenora

    glenora Angel Fish

  2. orangeBloke

    orangeBloke Divemaster

    Sharks do have powerful jaws and if it was thrusting itself out of the water the momentum would have added to the applied force so it is quite feasible. Some studies of sharks have shown that the bite power of a great white can be up to 3 metric tonnes (6,600 lbs) per square centimeter. The tooth would probably shatter before this pressure was reached but it gives you an idea of the kind of force that can be exerted by their jaws.

    Sharks have been known to attack marine cables in the past too, evidenced by teeth being left in them, though these attacks were more likely driven by the electrical field attracting the shark than anything else......the sharks were probably left with a bit of a headache after attacking one of those :electro:

    Wonder if this incident made the people in cages feel a little nervous? :)
  3. glenora

    glenora Angel Fish

    Oh I am sure the folks in the cage were nervous. I would have been!
  4. CBulla

    CBulla ~..facebook conch..~ ScubaBoard Supporter

    I know where I'm taking my wife shark diving now! :)
  5. simbrooks

    simbrooks Snr LayZboy Meteorologist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Orlando, Fl
    I saw a great white biting a cable, power line, got a little fried. It was on Amity Island back in the 70's and early 80's, was but a baby back then!
  6. sealkie

    sealkie Instructor, Scuba

    on my trip the shark destroyed the cage i was in ! .. the anchor line would have been nothing !
  7. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SE Florida
    That's how those nasty looking goblin sharks were first discovered, some were wrapped around submarine cables as they bit it. I've heard of the same thing happening to a sperm whale too.

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