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REMUS SharkCam Gives You a Look At What It’s Like To Be Hunted By a Great White Shark

By Hanssie on August 5th 2014

After the movie, Jaws, traumatized countless numbers of beach goers almost 40 years ago, we felt ready to go back into the water once again…until now. Just when you thought it was safe to go swimming, especially after reading the story of George Probst and his great white shark adventures, this little video comes along and shows you just what it’s like to be stalked and chomped on by a shark.

[REWIND: MAN GETS REALLY UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS]

Last year, a group of researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution went to Guadalupe, Mexico to study and film Great White Sharks and their predatory behavior. Using a custom built underwater vehicle that housed 6 GoPro cameras, the REMUS (Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS) also known as the “SharkCam” followed the sharks around capturing footage of their hunting behavior in their natural habitat.

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See those black scratches on the side. Those are BITE marks. Because when you follow a predator around in its habitat, they do this:

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and then this:

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“In what are most likely predatory attacks, sharks take advantage of the clear water to lurk in the darkness below the vehicle, then swim up suddenly and bite it on the tail or mid-section,” the video explains, “This is the same way sharks hunt seals near Guadalupe Island.”

Or an object that looks like a seal…like the REMUS. Or my leg. Which is why I’m never, ever going in the water again.

The 5 minute video gave researchers a very close up look at how sharks stalk their prey, silently and with the element of speed and surprise – undetectable until their teeth sink in. Other than a few bite marks, the REMUS and its cameras were unharmed in the making of the video, but you can see (and hear) the sharks do their best to have GoPro cameras  for dinner.

The footage filmed by Big Wave Productions will be aired on Shark Week next week on the Discovery Channel.

Soooo, who wants to go to the pool?

[via Boston Magazine/REMUS SharkCam: The hunter and the hunted from Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Moe

    great video!

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  2. Clare Havill

    Fantastic video, shows the beauty and power of this majestic animal.

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  3. Jesse Rinka

    This footage is unreal. I am definitely a pool man 100% after watching this.

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  4. David Pickering

    Such a cool video and at 1 minute 13 seconds when the shark just pops up behind the REMUS is some amazing footage.

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  5. Paul Blacklock

    at the 3 minute and 4 seconds mark, yes i can admit it, i jumped :)

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  6. Jonathan Pascol

    This is pretty awesome

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  7. Austin Swenson

    all I can do is sit there and just say Doooooooooooood…

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  8. Phil Bautista

    Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the water.

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  9. Raoni Franco

    Woww!!! That’s some power!!

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  10. Kurk Rouse

    I saw this before you guys posted it that is some serious damage to a device built for harsh treatment. The destructive power of the shark is astonishing and terrifying .

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  11. Rob Hall

    At least it wasn’t a diver holding the camera.

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  12. James Matthews

    Amazing footage, sharks are the most magnificent creatures.

    I’ve done about 200 dives and never seen a shark, except for areas off the Australian coast where we were at know shark breeding areas. Don’t let this clip deter you from the wonderful world of scuba diving! :)

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  13. Brandon Dewey

    Great Video!

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  14. Rafael Steffen

    This is an outstanding study of how the white sharks attack their prey. Outstanding results.

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