Video: Diver miraculously escapes as shark bites off his mask

Video: Diver miraculously escapes as shark bites off his mask

The shark left a scratch on the diver's forehead.

By Web Report

Published: Wed 12 Dec 2018, 12:38 PM

Last updated: Wed 12 Dec 2018, 3:00 PM

It was a miraculous escape for a diver in French Polynesia as a shark bit off his mask while he was exploring the coral reef. 
The video footage of the incident shows diver, Peter Schneider, surrounded by six silvertip sharks when one of them suddenly attacks him from the side and bites down on his goggles. Fortunately, he escaped with a scratch to his forehead in the attack.   
According to reports in Mirror.Uk, Schneider went diving with a group in Rangiroa when aggressive sharks started circling them. The footage shows, Schneider removing the mask from his head after the attack and swimming back to safety while the sharks continue to swim around the reef and the group.

One of the divers Peter, from Berlin, Germany, said, "I couldn't help but scream when I saw it happen. Once the sharks had cleared, I swam over to check on him. He had no injuries, just a little scratch on his forehead. The shark didn't use its teeth as it wasn't looking to hunt and kill."
It is reported that the footage was filmed years ago but has only emerged in high definition for the first time.
Silvertip sharks are potentially dangerous to humans especially if there is food around. Peter said, "It was the diver's fault. Obviously the main aim is to attract sharks and sometimes the feeders like to tease them a little bit. Often the sharks will tease back and that's what happened here."

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