I don't think the shark wanted to eat me; the tuna head smelled and moved more like shark food than I did. I stay at the top of the cage as the great whites make ten more lunges at the boat. It's a thrill. It's terrifying. But it's somehow comforting that the sharks don't seem to think of me as prey.
Paul Raffaele was injured by a bomb blast in Afghanistan in April while on assignment for Smithsonian. He is expected to make a full recovery.