First Great White Shark Caught Sleeping on Film Along Baja's Guadalupe Island
Bryan Nelson - Mother Nature Network
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July 1, 2016
A robotic submersible captures the first-ever footage of a great white shark napping. From Shark Week 2016’s "Jaws of the Deep." (Discovery)
Most species of shark need to remain in constant movement to keep water flowing over their gills, or else they'll suffocate. But like all animals, sharks still need to sleep. So how do they snooze when they need to swim?
Interestingly, very few shark species have ever been witnessed sleeping, and many scientific mysteries still exist around shark shuteye. A new video (clip shown above) that is premiering for Discovery's 2016 Shark Week could finally answer some of these questions.
The remarkable footage was captured by a robotic submersible that tracked a female great white shark as it swam at night around Guadalupe Island, near Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. It is believed that this is the first time a great white has ever been caught on camera in a sleep-like state.
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Related: Scientists Hope New Shark Cam Gives Insight to Deep Dives (The Associated Press)
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