With the help of underwater vehicle REMUS sharkCam, equipped with six GoPro cameras, researchers from the Ocean Systems Laboratory of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was able to film how great white sharks attack on its prey. The video was shot in the deep water of Guadalupe Island on the West Coast of Mexico.
Looking like a torpedo with embedded high definition cameras, REMUS sharkcam shot the shark encounter in October 2013 but the video footage of the extraordinary incident released 2 weeks ago. The video will be broadcasted on Discovery on the occasion of Shark Week.
Equipped with a lot of new age technology, the pre-programmed sharkcam, provides a 360 degrees view of the surroundings. It can go as deep as 100 meters and can stay underwater for nearly eight hours. This well equipped sharkcam doesn’t intrude with the routines or behavior of marine animals.
The video footage shows how the sharkcam became nearly a dinner for giant white shark. The camera was almost engulfed by the wild animal.
“This is the same way sharks hunt seals near Guadalupe Island,” the filmmakers noted in their Vimeo comments.
In the footage one of the sharks side muscles are chillingly visible. It was seen biting the front of the sharkcam with its might jaws and shaking the sharkcam mercilessly. The sharkcam was lucky enough to have survived the series of shark attacks. When scientists brought the sharkcam out it was fully loaded with information along with the clearly visible shark bite marks on it.
Researchers said on Vimeo, “Video from REMUS sharkcam is providing scientists with their first close-up view of predatory behavior by sharks in the wild.”
They also believe that the footage will divulge some hidden facts and tactics that the wild mammals use to hunt their prey.