A great white shark attack video is making the rounds now that Shark Week is upon us, and a SharkCam is able to give us a view of the nightmarish action from up close and personal.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, those looking for more crazy videos should check out our article on the top 10 shark attack videos in 2014. Unfortunately, a recent bout of shark attacks in Florida caused multiple children to be bitten, and one third grader had his Achilles tendon severed by the bite. Incidents like those have a company called Clever Buoy working on automated shark attack prevention technology that can alert beach-goers when a fearsome predator is lurking in the waves.
The shark attack video was shot by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution back in October 2013, but is only now being released to the public. The institute created the REMUS SharkCam and sent it to Guadalupe Island in Mexico, which is located 150 miles west of the Baja Peninsula. The seven foot long submarine was able to attract great white sharks like a dolphin or a human would, and all the action was caught on video by six camera.
More technical details about the SharkCam was provided by the Woods Hole institute website:
“REMUS SharkCam is a specially outfitted REMUS-100 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) equipped with video cameras and navigational and scientific instrumentation that enable it to locate, track, and film up close a tagged marine animal, such as a North Atlantic white shark (great white). The vehicle is pre-programmed to home in on a signal from a transponder beacon attached to the animal at depths up to 100 meters (330 feet) and in a variety of patterns and configurations.”
Scientist Greg Skomal has been studying sharks for 30 years, and he says this great white shark attack video is unique because they had a chance to observe the animal’s behavior in deep water:
“Almost all of our observations of white sharks attacking anything occur at or near the surface. Here we have observations that are occurring down at 300 feet deep. That’s never ever been seen before.”
Roger Stokey, a senior engineer at Woods Hole, was on the boat when the shark attack occurred and he was surprised just how vicious the great white sharks were behaving:
“We had a vague notion something was going on. We were absolutely dumbfounded. We thought it was a machine and the sharks would have had no interest. There are a lot of fish that size down there. Clearly they thought it was something good to eat. If this was a seal, it would have bled out. But they couldn’t kill SharkCam. I do not understand how that vehicle survived.”
What do you think about the great white shark attack video?