The world's first shark's-eye view
What with years of research – not to mention Discovery Channel's Shark Week coming round with such regularity – you'd think we knew all there was to know about sharks. But it seems there is still a lot we have to learn about even basic behaviour of the animals.
A new project by biologists from the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and the University of Tokyo's Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute follows the lead of the GoPro brigade – they strapped a camera on a shark's back to see what happened. The results are "as awesome as you’d expect".
The cams recorded Hawaiian sandbar sharks diving in close formation (see video) with other species (including hammerheads and blacktip reef sharks) and chasing members of the opposite sex. The team had never seen multiple shark species congregating. “This is our first ever shark's-eye view,” says ecologist Carl Meyer.