Too close for comfort — great white bites down on GoPro in a terrifying video


Shark researcher Greg Skomal was off the coast of Massachusetts when he extended a GoPro mounted on a pole beneath the surface of the murky water to try to get a look at the face of a great white in order to identify it. He would get much more than he asked for.

The short video opens on a pretty calm (for a shark researcher) scene. A single great white shark slides by and out of frame, then there are a couple of seconds of nothing but deep green Atlantic water, as if a film director called for a dramatic pause. Suddenly, a second shark emerges and charges straight for the camera, opening its jaws and clamping down on it, giving viewers an all-too-realistic idea of what it would look like to be eaten head-first by a great white.

Fortunately, Skomal was able to wrestle the camera away from the animal. He has been studying sharks for some time and has filmed hundreds of them. The behavior he witnessed in this video is completely new, he told New England Cable News. “I hope we know this shark. I’d like to know what the behavior of this particular animal is.”

Skomal said the shark was not one of the 110 tagged by his team, but there are 300 or so sharks in the area that the researchers are aware of. By examining the footage, he hopes to find any identifying markers that can serve as clues as to whether this particular shark is new to town or not.

As for the GoPro, it seems to have survived unscathed. GoPro cameras (like the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session) are known for their abilities to operate in all manner of harsh conditions, but even they have limits. Skomal explained he believes the bite was exploratory, and that if the 11-foot great white had actually wanted to destroy the camera, it would only have been too easy.

The video was posted to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Facebook page, where it received over 13,000 views in one day. Most of the page’s video views number in the hundreds, but there has been one other breakout hit: Another video by Skomal, in which he captured a great white hunting a seal in a high-speed chase that sees both animals jumping high out of the water. We’ve taken the liberty of embedding that video below, because, wow. And yes, we are still terrified of sharks.

Emerging Tech

Does a steam-powered spacecraft hold the key to exploring the solar system?

A newly developed spacecraft prototype capable of using steam as a propellent may help the first miners survey potential dig sites and identify space rocks best fit for mining missions. Future versions may be fitted with sensors, allowing…
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Movies & TV

J.J. Abrams wraps production on Star Wars: Episode IX with a heartfelt message

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has wrapped production on Star Wars: Episode IX, which he directed and co-wrote. Here's everything we know about the movie before it premieres in December 2019.
Emerging Tech

China’s mind-controlled cyborg rats are proof we live in a cyberpunk dystopia

Neuroscience researchers from Zhejiang University, China, have created a method that allows humans to control the movements of rats using a technology called a brain-brain interface.
Photography

Using A.I., Lightroom can now boost the resolution of RAW photos

Need to eek a bit more resolution out of a RAW file? Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw can help with a new feature called Detail Enhance. The tool uses A.I. in the demosaicing process to enhance details and reduce artifacts.
Photography

Tight on space? Here’s how to transfer photos from an iPhone to a computer

Never lose any of your cherished selfies or family vacation photos from your iPhone again by learning how to transfer photos from your iPhone to a computer, whether you want to use a cable or wireless transfer.
Product Review

Canon democratizes full-frame with the EOS RP, but keep your expectations low

At just $1,300, the RP is Canon's least expensive full-frame camera yet, but it was born into a world of high-end, high-cost lenses where it doesn't yet feel at home.
Photography

Corel VideoStudio adds tools for customizing color in simple video edits

VideoStudio is Corel's more consumer-oriented video editor but the software recently gained advanced color correction tools. The update adds custom transitions, along with speeding up performance, and adding new shortcuts.
Computing

500px reveals almost 15 million users are caught up in security breach

Almost 15 million members of portfolio website 500px have been caught up in a security breach. The hack occurred in 2018 but was only discovered last week. Users are being told to change their 500px password as soon as possible.
Photography

Olympus packs an enormous zoom ability in its latest interchangeable lens

The Olympus Digital ED M.Zuiko 12-200mm F/3.5-6.3 has the widest zoom range of any interchangeable lens with a 16.6x zoom. The lens, which covers a 24-400mm equivalent, is also weather sealed.
Photography

Nikon brings a classic workhorse lens to the Z series with new 24-70mm f/2.8 S

The Nikon Z series finally has a bright zoom available without an adapter. The Nikkor Z 24-70mm F/2.8 S offers new coatings and more customizable controls in a smaller, lighter body than the comparable F-mount lens.
Photography

Nikon will bring eye-detection autofocus to the Z6 and Z7 in May

An upcoming firmware update will bring Eye AF to the Nikon Z6 and Z7 -- along with improved autofocus performance in low light. The update will also give the cameras support for the CFexpress format.
Photography

Fujifilm’s X-T30 is a semi-pro, feature-rich camera that’s affordable to boot

Fujifilm's newest mirrorless camera delivers the premium features of the X-T3 without the premium price, giving aspiring enthusiasts a lower-cost option that can still match the image quality of Fuji's flagship.
Photography

Fujifilm XP140 squeezes more durability, low-light ability into a waterproof cam

Fujifilm's waterproof compact can now head even further underwater. The Fujifilm XP140 features several upgrades, including a more durable body, a wider ISO range for low light, and expanded auto modes.