Given the fact that sharks live in the ocean and we don’t, we know an awful lot about them. It’s pretty impressive, if you think about it. Those big brains of ours can certainly dream up interesting ways to figure things out, can’t they? We know, for example, that we kill about 100 million of them a year. We know that they’re extraordinarily important to a healthy oceanic ecosystem. We know they’ve been at the center of an astoundingly bad fear campaign. And we know that we don’t actually need to be worried about the likelihood of an attack. But even though we know so much about them already, there’s always more to learn. The more you live, after all, the more you learn. And the more you learn, the more you realize the less you know. Or something like that.
That’s why the BBC has this interesting little endeavor that involves strange robots made to blend in. Robots with cameras for eyeballs. Robots that can sometimes be slightly creepy, like this fella. A few years ago, that endeavor created a robot seal to spy on sharks in the wild, along with a robot seagull to capture some aerial footage, and it shows some very interesting behavior, both from a real seal and the shark.
Learn more about sharks in Ocean Ramsey’s Guide to Sharks and Safety.