RELEASED NEAR GUADALUPE ON MEXICO’S west coast, this undersea drone was attacked nine times by four different sharks, giving marine biologists unprecedented insight into how great whites use the darkness and depth of the ocean to their advantage. Scientists have never been able to film predatory behavior from under the surface before, so this footage is the first of its kind. In the past, biologists have relied heavily on electronic tagging to gather information, combined with what they’ve seen themselves from the surface. But that insight has often been non-conclusive, and what sharks do at extreme depths, has pretty much remained a mystery until now.
Thanks to the seven different cameras on this drone — basically giving us 360-degree views — we can now see for ourselves that great whites are intelligent enough to hide in the dark while hunting. Great whites will swim as far as 200 meters below the surface to use light to their advantage, surprising their prey from below.
Great white sharks are perhaps the most talked about species on the entire planet, yet there’s still so much we don’t know about them. Gathering drone footage like this will help us learn, squash dangerous myths and ultimately protect the species from extinction.