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Mexico requires new, safer cages for shark diving

Mexico requires new, safer cages for shark diving

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities are requiring that tour operators use new, safer cages for great white shark viewing in the wake of accidents.

The National Commission for Protected Areas says the new cages will have better security measures, including emergency exits and better bars, as well as steel or aluminum mesh.

The measures are apparently aimed at preventing sharks from getting into the cages, as one did late last year. The diver was unharmed.

The commission said the changes were implemented "due to accidents reported" in the area around Isla Guadalupe, off the Baja California peninsula.

The commission said about 274 great white sharks had been sighted off the island so far this year.

Updated : 2021-05-15 10:46 GMT+08:00