"Till death do us part" almost took on a real meaning for one newlywed couple when the groom was attacked by a great white shark during a shark dive on his honeymoon in Gansbaai, South Africa, last week.
The man who captured the now viral clip, Canadian resident Bryan Plummer, said the victim who had just been married the day before the attack is only being identified as “Roger,” reports ABC News.
The identity of the female in the video is unknown.
“For the first few seconds, you can’t help but think the worst has happened,” said Plummer, who claimed it was the shark diver’s intuition that saved him from injury. “His instinct was to just go down and avoid where the shark had access too. It was very quick thinking on his part.”
The 25-second clip shows the great white quickly approach the submerged cage, bypassing the bait tour groups use to attract the animals and going straight for the man and woman in the cage, easily fitting his head inside the bars and thrashing in the water.
Despite the almost-deadly attack, the pair inside the cage appear to scream out in excitement after the shark swims away.
“I got that all on video,” Plummer can be heard saying proudly.
The video’s rapidly growing popularity (more than 1.8 million views in just three days) has attracted the attention of those not so compassionate about the groom’s almost untimely demise.
“The facts are sharks kill people without bait inticement. It is a pure murderous sentimentality of rich men with hobbies like this that get people killed each year in shark attacks,” commenter Russell Brown said. “How many sharks will kill before we get you over your crazy sense of priorities?"
“Any shark reserves the right to attack in its territory. We humans don’t have a place in those waters. Not saying a person in that situation deserves to die per se, but the whole situation is avoidable in the first place,” commenter jcjr87 said.
One commenter said televised exploitation of the oceanic predators is the reason behind these attacks.
“We keep ‘chumming’ the waters to catch a peek at one of nature’s apex predators and in doing so are introducing ourselves to their food chain,’ commenter surferdudefromca said. “But keep tuning into 'Shark Week' and supporting this idiocracy. The sharks are beginning to relate ‘where there are people, there’s food.’”