Frightening footage as shark attacks underwater camera

2014-08-12 09:57
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Cape Town - The behaviour of sharks has been scrutinised by marine conservationists for years, but scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts believe they have captured the first real close-up view of its predatory nature.

The institution submerged an 36kg, 1.5m-long autonomous vessel equipped with six GoPro cameras off the west coast of Mexico to observe the behavior of tagged marine animals and the return has been phenomenal. 

According to a report, several great whites decided the yellow-colored SharkCam was an floating snack and decided to take a chomp out of it. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution only just recently shared the video featured below.

But why exactly would a shark want to attack a floating metal tube?

According to a National Geographic article Gene Helfman, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia in Athens says sharks have special electrosensory organs called ampullae of Lorenzini, which help them zero in on prey and White sharks are notorious for biting metal... objects that are emitting a strong electrical field.  

Watch as the shark's predatory attack is graphically detailed by each camera, showing how it sneaks up beneath its prey and then rushes up to catch it unaware. Take a look.

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