In reality, a shark cage's strength is just a precaution. Sharks tend to bite things that look like they'd taste good. They almost never bite a shiny metal box. But when it happens — say, with a curious young shark — it's something the person inside the cage never forgets.
"You see them bite it on Shark Week because the guys are putting the fish right at the bars," Moskito says (James Moskito and his partners founded Great White Adventures 17 years ago). "What we see is that a shark might bite a cage once, when they first encounter one, but they immediately realise they don't like the taste. You can almost see it in their expression, like, 'Okay, that tastes terrible.' And you'll never see that shark bite it again."
Advancements in metalworking technology have made stainless steel an option for Great White Adventures, especially for extremely specialised and complicated cages. Last year, Great White Adventures introduced it's first stainless steel cage, a self-propelled two-man contraption that looks like the skeleton of a tiny submarine and has four motors that propel the cage at speeds up to 5 knots. It can turn, spin, and dive up to 150 feet on a cable.
"We got tired of waiting for the sharks to come to us," Moskito jokes. "It's the most unique cage ever built." It also cost $100,000, and as of now, is only available for film crews. If permits come through, certain tourists might (might) get a crack at it later this year, starting in Mexico.
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