Go nose-to-nose with a great white off Baja's Guadalupe Island, where shark sightings are all but guaranteed.
A common sight
Every week is shark week
Guadalupe sees more than 120 sharks a season (June through November).
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Setting the stage
Cages for certified divers are lowered 30 feet into the water.
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The waiting game
Safe in his cage, breathing oxygen pumped to him from the boat above, a shark watcher waits for the great whites to arrive.
A shark watcher grabs a quick video of passing great white.
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"They're smart," says Lawrence Groth, who as proprietor of Great White Adventures is making his 180th trip to the area. "They know we pull the line in to the boat when we see them coming, so they come in from under the boat to take the bait. They're problem solvers. Four hundred million years. They survived the last five extinction periods."
Each shark cage holds four people.
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No small fries
Great white sharks can reach 20 feet in length, and weigh up to 5000 pounds.
A great white's mouth can hold 300 serrated teeth.
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Safe viewing zone
You don't need to be a scuba diver to watch great whites; "hookahs" supply oxygen pumped from the dive boat.
A ragged line separates a great white shark's gray upper body from its white underside.
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