Extraordinary new vision shows the moment a great white shark attacks, first stalking its prey in the clear water before emerging from the deep.
Extraordinary new vision shows the moment a great white shark attacks, first stalking its prey in the clear water off Mexico before emerging from the deep, its rows of razor sharp teeth clamping around the victim.
Luckily, in this case, the victim was a sophisticated submersible fitted with cameras - but that does not make the moment of attack any less chilling.
The submersible was part of a research project established by the
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in October 2013 but the vision has only now been released.
Because the submersible has six cameras it captures the attack in frightening detail, providing vision so close to the shark that individual teeth can be seen.
Vision released by the institute shows the shark emerging in front of the submersible. It appears to examine it from a distance before disappearing out of camera view. Photo: WHOI. The shark attacks from underneath, powerful jaws clamping around the submersible, its body thrashing back and forward, teeth acting as a jigsaw as it attempts to bite through the casing. Other vision shows similar attacks from different angles. Photo: WHIO. The damaged inflicted on the submersible by the shark's teeth astounded researchers who were stunned when they retrieved it from the ocean. Photo: WHIO.
One researcher said the damage could not be replicated even if it was bashed with a hammer or chisel.
“Hitchcock would have been very proud,” Roger Stokey, a senior engineer at Woods Hole who was on the boat when the attack occurred, told
The Boston Globe.
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