Shark threatens one diver before ramming another, knocking mask off; video

Shark threatens one diver before ramming another, knocking mask off; video

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Shark threatens one diver before ramming another, knocking mask off; video

A usually timid blacktip shark became aggressive with divers off South Africa. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Blacktip sharks are not considered highly dangerous to humans, but they can become aggressive when food is in the water, as some divers in South Africa discovered last Saturday.

Elton Polly, 38, was videotaping a school of oceanic blacktip sharks that were drawn to an area during a baited scuba dive off the coast of Durban when one shark became overly aggressive, threatening one diver before ramming Polly:

The first diver pushed away the blacktip shark before going into defensive mode, turning away and covering up. The shark then proceeded to run into Polly, knocking his mask off and the regulator from his mouth as evidenced by the explosion of bubbles.

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Polly explained to Newsflare that “the shark was startled and in an attempt to get away, it charged right into” his head, jarring the mask and regulator loose.

Polly managed to remain calm and get his mask and regulator back into place.

“No one was injured and the shark was unharmed, too,” Polly told Newsflare.

Blacktip sharks are typically timid and wary of humans, as evidenced by documentation in the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum.

There have only been 29 unprovoked attacks by blacktip sharks recorded worldwide and only one was fatal.

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