A couple visiting the Outer Banks in North Carolina made waves this weekend when they were filmed stepping into the ocean wearing homemade, personal shark cages as part of an intended spoof video.
Scott and Sandi Bergman, who hail from Richmond, Virginia, were filmed in Kill Devil Hills, according to the Huffington Post. On Sunday, they attempted to walk into the surf holding what can only be described as homemade shark cages over their heads, making it beyond the breakers before a lifeguard intervened, asking them to return to shore.
"These people are going swimming in their shark-proof cages," videographer Jordan Cutrell noted. "They don't want to get bit."
Cutrell later posted the shark cage video to the Facebook page of 94.5 WXMS, observing that the duo was trying to promote their "shark proof cage invention." She added, however, that the cages "obviously wouldn't and couldn't be seriously used to go swimming with sharks." The Outer Banks Voice reports that the shark cages were made from a type of PVC tubing, and the couple was intending to film a spoof video referencing the spate of shark incidents that have plagued local beaches.
Here you go! #OBX #SharkCage pic.twitter.com/Yuxj2JeTslThe North Carolina coast has seen a dramatic number of shark attacks reported over the course of this summer with at least eight distinct incidents transpiring in recent months. Several of the shark attacks have been notable not only for their proximity to one another but also their severity as the Inquisitr previously reported. A 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl both lost limbs in shark attacks that occurred just 90 minutes apart and less than two miles distant from one another at Oak Island in June.
— Shannon Broskie (@sbroskie) July 21, 2015
Meanwhile, in the Outer Banks...#wow #sharkcage #really pic.twitter.com/LbzlAAasruWhile the couple's cages could not seriously be used to protect them from sharks, cage diving has become a thriving business in areas where large sharks, such as great whites, routinely congregate. Earlier this year, authorities in Cape Cod issued guidelines intended to govern local diving companies which use bait to attract white sharks. Similar regulations have been proposed in New Zealand's Stewart Island, where locals assert that the behavior of the regional white shark population has changed as they have been trained to associate humans with food.
— Kat Morgan (@KittyKatMorgan) July 21, 2015
Who wants to add diving with great white sharks to their bucket list? #adventure #sharkcage #bucketlist #greatwhite pic.twitter.com/JVaQ5TCTuqDespite the fact that the couple's shark cages were purely props, their stunt has made them local celebrities in North Carolina.
— TampaAdventureGroup (@TampaAdventure) July 10, 2015
[Image: YouTube/ Jordan Cutrell via New York Daily News]