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'Shark Week': REMUS Shark Cam attacked by great white shark

'Shark Week': REMUS Shark Cam Attacked by Great White

In 2013, WHOI engineers took a specially equipped REMUS SharkCam underwater vehicle to Guadalupe Island off the West Coast of Mexico. Their goal was to track and film great white sharks in the wild using special acoustic tags that the vehicle could home in on and follow.



REMUS SharkCam was equipped with six cameras: 5 mounted on the nose and one facing the rear of the vehicle. This gave scientists a close-up, panoramic view of great white sharks in the wild -- but the hunter soon became the hunted.

In the blink of an eye, a massive great white chomps powerfully on the SharkCam. Some sharks displayed signs of territorial behavior toward REMUS SharkCam.

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. This is the same way sharks hunt seals near Guadalupe Island.

REMUS SharkCam recorded dozens of interactions with great white sharks and survived several predatory attacks.

"We lost our deposit," one team member says.

Video from REMUS SharkCam is providing scientists with their first close-up view of predatory behavior by sharks in the wild.

It is also helping reveal previously unknown details about the strategies that sharks use to hunt and interact with their prey -- and showing us the majesty and grace of the ocean's top predator in its natural environment.

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havingfun8910 August 08 2014 at 6:20 AM

Soooooooooo stupid! What is so shocking about a SHARK attacking something in the water where IT LIVES?
Who writes this CRAP?

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rothhammer1 August 08 2014 at 6:02 AM

This is 'surprising' how?

It's what sharks do.

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Kate rothhammer1 August 08 2014 at 12:45 PM

I think what surprised them is that the sharks knew perfectly well it was not an animate being, but no matter what it was, it was in their territory. Also, it wasn't an isolated incident by one shark-- they were all doing it.

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tippy301 rothhammer1 August 08 2014 at 8:50 PM

A very astute observation, Kate. My thought is that the contraption was scaring away the shark's prey; yummy fat seals. Great footage though. Hope she didn't break a tooth.

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pw1dw2 August 08 2014 at 5:47 AM

What a waste of taxpayer's money. This is science?

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onionson August 08 2014 at 6:05 AM

A Great White attacking is what is so unbelievable?

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mzladysmiling August 08 2014 at 9:17 AM

Gee, I'm not quite sure what to make of all the nay sayers...
I found the video very interesting...
I love to see and watch Mother Nature, wether
it's sea life, or storms, or the peaceful pics of
a sunrise/set.....
Nature in all it's glory is a beautiful sight to behold....

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ChristyE mzladysmiling August 08 2014 at 1:13 PM

thank you for saying that

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outland196 mzladysmiling August 08 2014 at 3:10 PM

I don't think it's the actual article inflaming people so much as this lead in "What great white shark does next is unbelievable" If the shark had put on a tophat and started singing hello my ragtime doll THAT would have been unbelievable....

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skyofblue17 outland196 August 08 2014 at 6:00 PM

"shark had put on a tophat and started singing hello my ragtime doll"
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Sharks really do that, but they stop as soon as we look.

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testolina August 08 2014 at 6:34 AM

I agree a lot of trying to sensation trying to make a lot of real nothing.

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amosesjr August 08 2014 at 9:03 AM

Hmmmmmmmmm..........a brightly colored object making a sound. What on earth would incite a shark to attack that? hahaha How much did they spend on this crap?

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mjmandjpm amosesjr August 08 2014 at 9:40 AM

The sound would make me attack.

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tony amosesjr August 08 2014 at 1:45 PM

$8,954,099.77. Thou be welcome, have a nice day.

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tmccull52 August 08 2014 at 6:33 AM

Hmmm... let's see... a great white shark doing what great white sharks tend to do... why that is stupefyingly stupendous!

In other piscivorous news... STOP THE PRESSES! Fish seen swimming in oceans and lakes the world over!

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DONNA August 08 2014 at 8:41 AM

Can't we just leave them alone? Geez

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Kate DONNA August 08 2014 at 12:49 PM

They're not harming them, they're observing them. And the more we know about them, the better we can protect them.

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dad August 08 2014 at 8:22 AM

Why do the media insist on giving out false information. The great white shark is not the top predator in the ocean. Don't believe me then watch the documentary "The Whale That Ate Jaws" and then you will know who the top predator in the ocean is.

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borisiak dad August 08 2014 at 10:59 AM

Sharks are powerful and dumb, Orcas are powerful and smart. Smart always takes violence to another level together with the good things come the bad(like gang rape among dolphins) For the PC police, yes I used the word dumb and will not retract it for I used it in the proper context.

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