Scientists have been able to capture images of huge sharks in the waters of Scotland with the help of Britain's first autonomous shark camera.
Owned by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), the underwater robot has observed different behaviors of sharks collected in the waters of northwest Scotland. Scientists hope that these images will help preserve this kind of shark. Although little is known about the huge sharks prevalent in Scottish waters, environmental and animal protection activists want this area to be declared protected.
The REMUS Shark Cam captures high-resolution photos and high-quality video from different angles. It is a large shark Cetorhinus maximus, the world's second-largest whale shark, protected in several states.
"These giant fish are spectacular and it's an unforgettable experience to watch them gracefully feed on the surface of the water. This technology gives us a look at shark behavior, which is very exciting. The first recordings led us to reassess their behavior, and we concluded that these sharks seem to spend a lot more time swimming above the seabed than we thought, "said Susan Henderson, a researcher, and researcher at Maritime Policy.