A Terrifying Image: Underwater Camera Gets Attacked By Great White Sharks

A warning: this video might cost you tonight’s sleep

Do you remember Jaws? One of the reasons Spielberg’s film was as terrifying as it was is because of how little we see of the beast itself; the suspense was carried by the silence before the attack.

When you watch this video, check out how the sharks approach the vessel and keep that in mind. They stay below, utilizing the deepness of the water to sneak up on it. They stay hidden; they don’t let you see them until they’ve already sunk their teeth in. And you’re able to watch it unfold face-to-face because of how far photography’s come today.

The REMUS SharkCam is a vessel built to do exactly what its name suggests. Helmed by a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the SharkCam utilizes five different GoPro cameras to capture the activities of sharks. Without the risk of human contact, it allows us to get our closest look yet at the great white predator.

By the time I was finished with this video, actually, a lot was brought into perspective for me.

71 percent of the world we live in is the ocean, and over 95 percent of it has never been explored by the human race. It’s astonishing that though we’ve come so far in how much we know, we’ve still barely scratched the surface in what we have to learn about our Earth. As we wage wars, fighting and killing time and time again for the land we wish to conquer, there’s an entirely different ecosystem flourishing right below us; a larger ecosystem filled with species just as hungry as us for their share of territory. And we have nearly no idea what they’re like.

But for how much we don’t know, we do know five percent of our ocean. That five percent has already given us wonders that we still haven’t finished learning about. And here we are today, watching a shark attack us from the comfort of our laptops and smartphones. It’s an amazing time to learn, and it’s projects like these remind me how lucky we are to be experiencing it all.

[Via Fstoppers]

  • http://twitter.com/mihirsclick mihir

    I am sure that gave a few sharks some toothache.

    • Maaz Khan

      Sharks have up to 15 rows of teeth per jaw. The really interesting thing here is that shark teeth never get cavities. They’re not attached to the gums or rooted in any manner; they typically tend to lose at least one tooth per week. It’s why you see so many shark teeth get washed up on shores or in fossils!

  • jaysna

    Uh, this looks like a lure. A giant lure. The people that made this thing must have been spending too much time eating pot brownies and watching Game of Thrones to be bothered with using some common sense.