Animals Video

By David Aspinall


A brave diver put his hands under a great white shark’s mouth and pushed it away after it became jammed in a cage.

As Eli Martinez was on a cage diving operation off Guadalupe Island, Mexico, the 14ft long predator launches itself out of the water to grab a hunk of meat.

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Upon landing back in the ocean, the 2000lb shark’s momentum carries it on a collision course with the experienced tour guide’s enclosure.

After getting its jaws stuck on one of the bars, Eli calmly places his palm under the massive fish’s nose and shoves it off the metal and away to safety.

Eli, from Alamo, Texas, said: “This was the first time I had seen a shark get stuck when I was in the cage.

“White sharks sometimes misjudge the distance to the cage and accidentally get stuck.

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“It just felt heavy in my hand, so I just pushed her back until and she was able to move herself out of harm’s way.

“No, I wasn’t stressed out, I was actually excited that I was able to help.

“It happened so fast that I didn’t even think about what I was doing. I just didn’t want the shark to get hurt.”