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Hearts flutter during wedding proposal in shark cage
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As if the stakes couldn't be raised any higher, Queensland man Zach Wilson managed to pull off a successful proposal while shark-cage diving off the coast of Port Lincoln this week.

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Queensland man Zach Wilson proposed to his girlfriend Tayla Rosin while shark-cage diving

There is a steady trend for shark-cage proposals in Port Lincoln

The couple made it to South Australia amid uncertain border closures

Mr Wilson was on a Calypso Star Charters tour in the Neptune Islands with his partner Tayla Rosin when he quickly hatched a romantic plan to surprise his childhood sweetheart.

"I spoke with the staff — secretly of course — and they helped me with it and gave me a handwritten sign to bring with me in the cage," he said.

a ring with a bumpy inner surface

Mr Wilson designed the ring so the inside has the same texture as great white shark skin.(

Supplied: Zach Wilson)

Ms Rosin was happily surprised.

"I came to see the great whites and came back engaged as well — so it's really exciting," she said.

"Zach also designed the ring so the inside of it has the texture of great white skin — so it's really special."

Mr Wilson said they share a love for the ocean and great white sharks, which gave him the idea to propose in their territory.

"It was the first time seeing a great white out in the ocean. We've both been to Sea World but they were very well-fed sharks; they chill around all day. Nothing like the size of the ones out in the ocean."

Underwater trend

Calypso Star Charters general manager Andrew Wright said it was not uncommon to be a part of a shark-cage proposal.

"We get about half a dozen a year," Mr Wright said.

Mr Wright said the company has even been involved in a shark-cage wedding.

"We were approached by a couple from Queensland," he said.

"We organised a celebrant locally here, to make it legal and official we needed to have it rigged up so the bride, groom and celebrant were able to be in the cage together and talk to each other.

A man with a plastic sign shows his partner in the cage

Ms Rosin said "yes".(Supplied: Calypso Star Charters)

"They had a microphone and earpiece, and then they also needed to have a microphone and speaker on the deck so the witnesses ... could listen and participate and interject if they needed to — but thankfully that didn't happen, he laughed.

Lucky trip

As well as the fortunate shark sighting on the charter, Mr Wilson said they have been lucky with constantly shifting borders.

"We were just allowed to come into SA with no restrictions two days after they changed the rules. Now they've changed the rules again — we were lucky to get through that window."

The couple said they met 13 years ago at a Brunswick Heads campsite on the northern New South Wales Coast.

"Her family have been going there for a long time and mine started going about 13 years ago — so we met on a beach while camping," Mr Wilson said.

"We're from two different areas. Tayla's from Ipswich and I'm from Lismore, so two-and-a-half hours apart.

"We don't know when we'll get married at this stage — his family are in NSW and mine are in Queensland and currently [people from] NSW aren't allowed in. Hopefully, when things change down the line," Ms Rosin said.

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