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.
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.
See those black scratches on the side. Those are BITE marks. Because when you follow a predator around in its habitat, they do this:
and then this:
“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.
Soooo, who wants to go to the pool?