Australian fisherman Shaun Harrington and his twin brother were fishing off the Gold Coast when he narrowly missed a tiger shark attack.
Shaun and Dean Harrington initially decided to cage dive to promote their line of surfing and fishing clothing called The Mad Hueys. Not having the supplies they needed for a proper cage dive, they improvised with a flimsy bird cage that happened to be on board.
All seemed to be going well until a nearly 10-foot long tiger shark attacked, aiming directly for Harrington’s legs.
“I jumped into the water and was swimming with the cage and the next thing I knew, the bloody thing was coming at me,” Harrington said. “I was flailing around like crazy to get back on the boat before it sunk its teeth into me.”
The shark bit the bird cage around Harrington’s legs and swam to the edge of the boat, giving him just enough time to scramble out of the water.
“I thought I was going to die,” Harrington said. “We were just having fun but it turned crazy.”
Harrington has since vowed never to perform another stunt like impromptu cage diving.