Advances in technology have brought us closer to wildlife than ever before. In this video, a small group of people provokes a great white shark attack using a drone towing a water-bound decoy. Their goal is to film a shark breaching and eating their decoy off the coast of South Africa.
The video begins with an explanation of how the drone and decoy are expected to work. The goal is to film an attack without bringing down the drone. Basically, the drone flies dozens of feet in the air and drags the decoy on a line. The line is connected to the drone by magnets. Thus, when something bites the decoy, the line merely detaches.
The decoy is a two or three-foot-long reproduction of a small shark. Even though it doesn’t necessarily look the part, the crew sets about testing the drone and decoy to ensure the setup skims the surface of the water and breaks away on contact.
This isn’t a task they can do from the shoreline, though. They set out on a boat during prime time for great white shark attacks and feeding, dusk. The team calibrates their video and photograph equipment. It’s not long until the silhouette of a great white shark appears, trailing the decoy.
The video provides amazing insight into the way that shark attacks take place. These incredible fish stalk their prey from below and behind. They don’t want their prey to know they’re near them until it’s too late.
Tension builds as the most aggressive shark in the world chases the decoy, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Suddenly, the decoy appears to pop out of the water as the shark attacks it, breaching, grabbing the decoy, and turning over in midair before disappearing into the dark waters below.
The video shows several still shots and replays of the shark breach. As it turns out, the entire encounter was filmed from multiple angles. The crew is understandably elated, with one calling it the highlight of his career. Another crew member talks about how unlikely it was to even get the shots and angles that they managed.
All told, this was a very unique experiment that shows how novel technology can help us better understand the breaching behavior of sharks. Also, we get to see amazing footage in the pursuit of knowledge!
Watch More Great White Shark Attacks and Breaches
We have more footage of shark attacks and breaches. If you want to get up close and personal with great white sharks, we have more videos for you!
- Must See: Great White Shark Stalks Diver to Surface and reminds everyone that humans are low on the food chain in the sea.
- Watch A Great White Shark Casually Swim Up a Massachusetts Salt Pond and see how quickly a wrong turn for a shark turns into something scary for humans.
- Watch This “Colossus” Shark Launch Himself Out of the Ocean and imagine the force it took to make such a breach.
- Watch as a Great White Knocks a Fisherman into The Water in Crazy Attack Video and makes him wish he had a bigger boat.
- Huge Great White Shark Almost Picks Man off Boat Just Off The Coast in Massachusetts
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