Image by Terry Goss
White shark attacking REMUS SharkCam
Image by Terry Goss

The hunter and the hunted

White shark attacking REMUS SharkCam

Totally amazing footage of a great white shark attacking a SharkCam

When I find some cool YouTube or Vimeo video, I normally just share it on social networks. This time I’ve made an exception. The footage of this video is absolutely amazing.

Scientist have created a special SharkCam, with five high resolution cameras mounted in such a way that it was possible to have a good view of everything around the device. The idea was to take footage of the great white shark. Well… they did, but not quite as they prevented. The shark, in fact, attacked the camera. My most sincere congratulations to the armour designer: a great white bite is thought to exerts a pressure of around 28*10^6 Pa (280 atm), and the REMUS went out of it with a few scratches. The attack pattern is similar to those applied against seals: hide in deep water, target the prey from below, then quickly attack the posterior part to cripple the most powerful fins and drop to zero any escape change.

A suggestion, if I may: what about a pressure sensor on the most bitten areas? So that we give a real answer to the bite pressure thing, that so far has only been simulated.

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