When did we first cage-dive with sharks?

shark, cage, shark cage, shark diving, Rodney Fox, 1960s, 1976, JawsThe first purposely shark-proof cage was built in the mid-1960s by Rodney Fox, an Australian who had survived a violent shark attack just a few years earlier.

Much like today’s cages, it allowed divers to safely approach sharks, enclosed in a tough metal cage suspended from the back of a boat.

After his accident, Fox grew passionate about studying these supreme predators in more detail than had been done previously and used the cage to observe and film them up close, providing footage for documentaries and films, including Jaws.

In 1976, Fox led the first cage-diving expeditions for amateur divers.