These guys attached a GoPro to a fish and this is what it filmed

Oct 25, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

These guys attached a GoPro to a fish and this is what it filmed

Oct 25, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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So cameras have been attached to the backs of wild dolphins recently in the name of science. Well these guys thought it would be interesting to try attaching a GoPro to the back of a large fish in the name of, well, I’m not sure what. Certainly not science anyway.

If you’ve got 12 minutes of your life that you can spare (you’ll never get that time back FYI) then check out this video from Monster Mike Fishing where they show you a fish’s eye view of the world.

So the guys were apparently inspired by seeing a video of a GoPro being strapped to the back of a turtle. Being fishing fanatics, naturally, they thought it would be interesting to see if they could try it out with a fish. But it would have to be a big fish.

They are using a GoPro 7 with a head strap cinched to its tightest setting. This they hope, will be small enough to attach securely to the fish. Now it’s time to catch the fish.

I must admit that I know little about fishing. However, the use of white bread as bait was a new one for me. It does appear effective as the next thing we see is one of the men reeling in a very large carp from the river. Amateur dramatics ensue to emphasize the fact that this is indeed a very large fish. I’m so impressed.

Next, we see the poor fish gasping for air (or should that be water?) on the grass as the GoPro is attached as planned. It fits! Now at least the guys had the foresight to attach a fishing line to the GoPro so that they can recover it. We then see the footage from the fish as it goes all Spielberg and swims around the river.

At this point, I’m very unclear about what the point of the exercise is. The footage is basically what you’d expect: the underwater view of a murky river. We do see a few other fish and some pond weed before the fish manages to break free of its cameraman activities.

Are we looking for behavioral characteristics in the swimming patterns of the fish? Are we trying to discover unchartered territories that would be impossible to capture without a fish-cam? Are we filming unique and exciting footage? Of course, the answer to these questions is a resounding nope.

There is no real point to doing this, and the footage is largely underwhelming. The only reason then: because they can. Personally, I don’t think that’s a great reason to be disturbing wildlife. It’s a bit interesting, sure, but maybe don’t try this at home.

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11 responses to “These guys attached a GoPro to a fish and this is what it filmed”

  1. DIYP community member Avatar
    DIYP community member

    Some sad prats who can’t get girlfriends indulge in a bit of cruelty for likes.

  2. DIYP community member Avatar
    DIYP community member

    Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.

  3. DIYP community member Avatar
    DIYP community member

    Nothing to see just whole lot of waste your time video

  4. Burt Johnson Avatar
    Burt Johnson

    BORING… I skipped forward and watched a moment of every minute or so. That guy is too obnoxious to take more than a few seconds of. And he is SO EXCITED… about nothing at all??

    1. Eb Avatar
      Eb

      This is the type of reply an irrelevant person posts.

      1. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        It’s no more or less irrelevant than the comment to which it was responding. :)

  5. Burt Johnson Avatar
    Burt Johnson

    BORING… I skipped forward and watched a moment of every minute or so. That guy is too obnoxious to take more than a few seconds of. And he is SO EXCITED… about nothing at all??

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      This comment is boring. I didn’t get past the third word.

      1. Eb Avatar
        Eb

        This is the type of reply an irrelevant person posts.

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          It’s no more or less irrelevant than the comment to which it was responding. :)

  6. Nick Johnson Avatar
    Nick Johnson

    nice experiment. But I was expected for more entertainment but it was also good to know something new.