As Shark Week approaches, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Discovery Channel granted the Internet an undersea gem: video of a shark trying to eat a fancy shark-hunting robot.
In order to film sharks in their natural habitat, and avoid getting chomped to bits themselves, the team over at Woods Hole created the REMUS SharkCam. REMUS is an autonomous underwater vehicle — basically a fancy robot which can be set out on missions without any human intervention once it gets going. This particular REMUS, REMUS 100, has only one mission: follow and film animals tagged with specific acoustic transponders. (In other words: shark tracking tags.)
So, REMUS 100 is just cruising along, trying to film some sharks on its six GoPro video cameras and suddenly: crunch. A shark decides the 80-pound, 5-foot long robot is its lunch. Much to the shark's surprise, the robot doesn't immediately turn into deliciousness. A great white shark, like the one that appears in the video, has a bite force of 360 pounds. A bull shark has the strongest bite, a whopping 478 pounds.
And you can also take a closer look at the robot itself to see how this...
... turned into this.
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