Video From A Camera Attached To A Great White's Dorsal Fin As It Hunts

April 10, 2019


This is a video from a camera attached to a great white shark off the coast of South Africa as it hunts for seals. The camera, which was designed to eventually fall off the dorsal fin and float to the surface after several hours, captured a previously unknown behavior of great whites, which surprisingly wasn't reading, nibbling on and whispering sweet nothings in a loved one's ear, or going vegetarian. No, the footage revealed that the sharks will actively hunt for seals in kelp forests. Fascinating. Some more info:

The footage, amazingly, shows sharks charging through the kelp fronds, navigating tight channels, hunting for their prey. The seals, for their part, displayed predator evasion techniques, like blowing bubbles at the sharks.

"The film we collected gives us a new perspective on this species. We can see how they interact with their surroundings in real time, and they are able to make some pretty spectacular 180-degree turns in the kelp forest," Mr Jewell said in a statement.

Admittedly, none of the footage captured actually shows a shark catching a seal, which may support the hypothesis the kelp works in the seals' favor.

Note to self: if you're ever reincarnated as a seal, always hide in a kelp forest. Or -- OR (and this is preferable), insist that if you have to be reincarnated as a seal, that you should at least get to pick which kind of seal, then choose a seal of approval. Oh man, I bet that one is gonna crush it with all the dads. "Not good." Never mind, they hate it.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Charlotte, who agrees the seals should team up with the Ewoks of that kelp forest to build some booby traps.

  • Douchy McDouche

    This is useless without the Jaws theme.

  • Doog

    The next 'Shark Week' will undoubtedly have some pretty awesome action shots

  • Conrado Parra

    kelp ruined the money shot!

  • Jenness

    I've always daydreamed that kelp forests would be magical places for my mermaid self to swim.

    But now that is RUINED!!! *throws laptop several inches in slow motion because she can't afford to actually throw a laptop*

  • Bling Nye

    Scuba diving in kelp forests is incredibly beautiful and fun (just be mindful of snagging your gear/self in the kelp, have a dive knife along just in case) I highly recommend it. There's plenty of non-shark-infested kelp forests out there.

  • Jenness

    I always carry a dive knife - and my razor sharp mermaid teeth. (and not the ones in my mouth *wink wink* *horror movie music plays* )

  • Doog

    Oh the dream lives on. You will still swim through magical kelp forests as a mermaid! Thanks to the Shark-Mermaid accords you will also do so safely

  • Jenness

    Well if this isn't the sweetest, most adorable way to keep my dreams alive.
    *sighs* this.

  • Alf in pog form

    For privacy's sake I hope they have the decency to turn the camera off when he goes to the toilet.

  • Munihausen

    Zuckerberg sees all.

  • Eric Ord

    One time I went to the zoo with my like 3-4 year old nephew and the polar bear pooped in the water in front of everyone.

  • Tigerh8r

    When I was in high school the predator house had bars but no glass, and one of the big cats sprayed two girls in my class, and it looked like he sprayed them with a fire hose.

    Funniest/saddest thing ever!

  • Deksam

    Dun ta dun ta dun ta dun ta Dun Ta DUN TA DUN TA BURTAPA BURTAPA!!!

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