Couple calls homemade shark cages in viral video a joke


Screenshot of the Facebook posting by Scott Bergman
Screenshot of the Facebook posting by Scott Bergman

Video shot by a North Carolina woman is making the rounds online after a couple was seen in the water along the Outer Banks with some apparently homemade shark cages.

“I don’t know much about their goal of using the shark cages,” Jordan Cutrell told WBTV.

She said the cages looked like PVC pipe and “obviously wouldn’t and couldn’t be seriously used to go swimming with sharks.”

She posted the video on YouTube Tuesday, but told WITN, in Greenville, that the video was shot Sunday.

She told WITN that the man took his cage in the water first, and then came back out. Cutrell says when the two went in the water she started recording with her cellphone.

Cutrell said the lifeguard, seen in the video, told the couple they couldn’t go any further in the water because they were putting themselves at risk.

As many times as I have been to the beach, I’ve never seen anything like it.

Jordan Cutrell

The Camden resident said she couldn’t believe the couple actually made the cages and were trying to use them in the open water.

“Everyone was curious of what was going on and was in awe,” she told WBTV. “As many times as I have been to the beach, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

The couple in the video, Sandi and Scott Bergman, say they are amazed at how quickly the video has spread. Sandi thought the cages would simply be something funny to share with friends and family.

“There’s just so much serious going on the news right now. We wanted to be light-hearted,” Sandi told WWBT in Richmond.

The Bergmans say the idea for the cages came to Scott as they were driving to the Outer Banks. So they put together PVC pipes, bolts and plastic, and created what they call “Blokjaw.”

Needless to say, they turned heads when they hit the beach wearing this gear.

“People started walking up to us (and asking), ‘Are these shark cages? Can I get in the shark cage?’ ‘Yes, you can get in the shark cage,’” Sandi recalls. “So on the shark cages go, and we were taking pictures with their phones and then we pick them up and start to leave the beach … and then people who were a little way’s away from us, as we walked by them …‘Hey wait a minute. Are those shark cages?’”

Sandi says it took them about eight hours to build their cages, but it was worth it.

Ben Battaile, assistant ocean rescue supervisor for Kill Devil Hills, told WITN the main concern for rescuers was the possibility of the couple getting in water over their head and needing to be rescued. He says the lifeguard asked that they not go in more than knee-deep.