🔥 Underwater cameraman gently redirecting a great white shark 🔥
By - UlrichZauber
You get a real good look here at this shark's [Ampullae of Lorenzini](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampullae_of_Lorenzini) in this shot.
Edit: wow, thanks for the awards folks!
That is so fucking awesome. Thank you for introducing me to that knowledge.
You are extremely welcome!
I was almost this close, (fortunately or unfortunately depending on how brave you are, I was shitting myself) I could have reached out and touched it.
I had a very large one go under me on the east coast of Australia about 3 months ago. The shadow I saw in the distance made me think it was a slow moving sting ray. Within 3 seconds that shadow had elongated into the very distinct shape that I hoped I’d never see, yet there it was - before I could even think I had a mini-van sized great white eyeing me up.
The thing glided right up to me, it didn’t even look like it was moving, just hovering ever so slowly. I could have reached out and touched it’s pectoral fins. It went past me as I tried to gather every part of me to turn to the beach and start paddling in. I’m thankful it didn’t turn back around.
A couple of weeks ago a guy was killed by one just a few beaches away, it’s genuinely fucking terrifying how many are around, I will never forget that moment. After surfing for 25 years it really has taken the fun out of it.
The shark’s true superpower - electromagnetic vision. Can spot prey under sand, detect muscle movement or paralysis, is so sensitive they even sense the earth’s magnetic field in the tide.
Edit: sorry it’s electroreception, not electromagnetic vision, as u/will0w1sp pointed out. Sorry for the misinformation, I was excited!
Has anyone tried to understand how they perceive it? Like, is it visualized by their brains, or is it like we perceive, say, humidity in the air? I’m *so* damn fascinated by this!
Perception is a nightmare to try and translate.
Try and think about how to explain color to a blind person.
Now consider how to describe smells without using direct comparisons to known smells, like "it smells like a pine tree."
Those are both human to human senses.
Now imagine one of those two humans has a sense youve never had with a new fancy organ, and also they dont speak. And you arent 100% sure how sapient they are.
Ive no idea how we would figure that out
It’s absolutely true, but it is quite a thought experiment to go on. I’ve heard some say asking what a blind person sees is like asking what you can see with your elbow. These things end up being almost like zen koans, where your mind just goes…”huh? Uhhhh…” I find it a fascinating thing to explore. Thanks for your thoughts!
Petal-dance down below is accurate. I'd go out on a limb though (just because this really is a fascinating subject and I like to equate different experiences) and say it's probably like how you can feel/sense static with your fingers. Perhaps static isn't the correct word, but that fuzzy feeling you would get in your hand if you held it up really close to the screen of one of those old TVs but didn't actually touch it. Except they can perceive at a longer distance with more pinpoint accuracy. You could loop in being able to hear electricity with that sense of touch to be able to get a more rounded out picture. For those with synesthesia it might make more sense to say they are smelling sights or feeling sound (fun fact, I knew a girl in my public speaking class with synesthesia, and the closest she could describe our teacher's voice was the feeling of small stones or marbles falling through her hands).
I like that comparison, and of course who knows how accurate it is! I always loved video of rays or hammerheads hunting, the way they dart around as they sense prey. Differences in perception just within our own species are so powerful, it’s a trip to compare/contrast/explore *between* species!
Quantum biologists... yeah they're a thing. What the fuck they do I have no idea...
Oh i just thought he needed to exfoliate
Huh I was actually wondering what those pores were
It's how they feel your heartbeat! Seriously that's how some rays hunt fish buried in the sand (rays are close relatives to sharks and have the same electro-sense).
So if those pores can feel electromagnetic fields and your heartbeat, is that how the shark felt the calmness of the cameraman? Is it safe to assume that then having a calm slow heartbeat is truly the best thing to try to have when you encounter a shark?
That assumes the shark knows what calm means for a heartbeat.
All we can know is that it can sense your heart beating, but not how it perceives that information.
In the same way we can feel touch, but our sense of touch is not actually super accurate outside of specific zones like the hands or your happy lil grundle bits.
So while they could maybe tell if a beat is calm, they maybe could only tell the size of the beat. Or more track its regularity.
Perceptions tricky. It requires interpretation, which we cant exactly ask the shark about.
Fun fact, your fingers can differentiate the size of an object within microns (thousandths of a millimeter).
Human sensory organs are fucking lit
How else you gonna know when that booger is ready for flicking?
A general rule of thumb for not only situations like this but all, is to remain calm. There is no better first step than composing yourself in any event.
Btw you commonly see footage of sharks bumping cameras, the main reason for this is the electromagnetic field from the equipment.
I was thinking whiskers, not super-powered zits!
I thought he just had a shave
My mans just lookin for a pore strip!
“This is not the food youre looking for”- some old jedi
"Carry on, carry on"
Move along, move along.
You sir have made my day, thank you
You have made *my* day LordAxalon110
Aww shucks you'll make a lord blush. It's good to know your never alone with a potato around.
Edited because underwater.
Underwater is bloop
What is under water for
“No fucking way”
“Balls of steel”
Oh bubble trouble
I want to boop, r/CallMeAHearse
Humans just have a lot of love to give.
Hi names Bruce
Fun fact: The reason most sharks bite is to investigate whatever is new to them, humans obviously do not inhabit their regions, or the ocean at all for that matter so sharks will frequently find us confusing and will bite us to gather information, most importantly how we taste (which is apparently not that good going by how rarely they actually try to eat us, probably because of how little fat we have and how much bone we have in comparison to their preferred prey of fatty fish and seal).
Unfortunately us humans are not very durable and our skin’s ability to prevent cuts and stabs is practically non existent. So this “tiny little bite” is almost the same as getting attacked with a chainsaw.
Update: I did want to clarify some things upon further research: Sharks will usually leave people alone because they don’t want to risk getting close to an unknown animal that could possibly harm them.
So sharks are basically baby sharks but with big Jaws.
Don’t say Baby Shark - my daughter might hear you!
Oh fuck you even thinking it put it in my dreams for the next week, my 4 year old has drilled it in there.
This comment has it on loop in my head. Thanks a lot! Some things are better left unsaid.
You should have run a-way... do do do do do doo...
My daughter is three now, so I’m safe at last.
I laughed harder than I thought I would at this thank you I couldn't stop
Damn it! Take my award lol.
MUMMMMMMY SHARK DODODODODODO!!!!!! Fuckin sharks dododododo
It’s the remix!
We da fish. Another one.
We the best music!
My daughter went from baby shark non stop to cocomelon. Cocomelon has at least a couple dozen song videos. And she is finally getting bored of those and getting into actual cartoons. I had looney tunes on the other day and she watched it for a bit and seemed to like it before I took her to the park.
So glad to be over baby shark, possibly cocomelon, and bounce patrol soon.
I spend most of our time taking her on adventures/parks, but even an hour of these videos starts looping in my head. Drives me nuts.
Check out Bluey. The dad is hilarious and often inspires me to be a better one!
🎶BABY SHARK DO DO DO DO🎶
More like giant puppies with fins. Anyone who’s raised a puppy probably has scars from their tiny shark teeth.
Yeah puppies are wild
Sharks are adult baby sharks, and baby sharks are baby adult sharks
by this logic: either the sharks aren't biting you, because they already bit someone and said, "nah, tastes like shit". Or, the sharks can talk to each other, and if they know a shark that once bit a human - they won't bite you. hmmmmmmmm
does suck we have such paper skin.
Given the sharks all visit that woman who removes the hooks from their mouths, it seems pretty conclusive they can communicate.
[For anyone who hasn't saw it.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8LmxwOgBhA)
I love that she goes all out with the chainmail, not taking aaaany chances.
Protecting herself is important in protecting them too. If there was an accident, people would be up in arms about the 'maneater sharks' and those sharks are all fucked. Wouldn't want that.
I'm assuming a major factor to her success is being extremely relaxed. I'm sure it helps with any gremlins running around in mind.
lol I thought that myself. They're still wild at the end of the day & I don't care how predictable something can be, a wild thing still has potential to be an asshole.
Thats how I know someone really cares about animals. They still want to help but know to be ready for surprises.
That's a great point. Being prepared shows they are paying full attention to the animal's behavior/needs instead of some "idealized" version of the animal.
If you really love the animals, you don’t want them blamed for your death and you don’t take stupid risks.
I felt bad for Timothy Treadwell and especially for Amie Huguenard (think I remembered her name correctly, poor woman), but he was very careless. Cristina Zenato is respectful and talks about the privilege of a wild animal’s trust.
Steve Irwin would cry if he knew how many stingrays were killed in his name.
I don’t doubt it at all, but that was a horrible random accident and not Steve Irwin’s fault. Could have happened to anyone. I don’t class him with people who put themselves at risk and end up dead as a direct result, like Treadwell (and he got at least two bears killed too).
what if its the same sharks and they think shes cute so they go chomp fishhooks to get her attention
What a beautiful story, thanks for sharing that vid OP.
That is nuts. Nature is literally incredible. My whole perspective on sharks is changed
That’s awesome! Thank you for sharing that!!
You're welcome. I wish I could say I was more involved but I'm just passing it on.
Ok can we talk about how cute the sharks are tho? Like little kitties that want pets and holds
& those oh so content slow blinks.
Oh wow! That is amazing.
Fishing hooks cause such damage everywhere. Makes me so angry.
Nooooooope but good for her.
So what you’re saying is, sharks are dangerous water puppies
It kind of boggles my mind that they wouldn't be interested in our meat/fat/blood when it would be so easy to get. Maybe not their favorite food, but it's weird they wouldn't take an easy meal
Probably a risk vs reward thing. The shark doesn’t know for sure that we can’t seriously harm it or maybe injure it. So for it to risk that for a bag of bones just doesn’t make much sense when it can go for a nice tasty fat fish that it’s eaten many times before without trouble.
Also personally I think the shark is right to be wary of us. We might be easy to bite but just one of us with a sharp knife (never mind all the other ‘weapons’ we have at our disposal) could do serious harm.
Yea... I’m wearing my buck knife on me the next time I decide to go swimming in the ocean.
"Standard diving dress consists of ... a diving knife" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_diving_dress
Basically a shark/ cutting your lines if you’re being held down knife. Good idea.
When I did scuba diving we learned the knife was to stab your buddy so the shark would go for them instead.
They’re just nibbling
That *was* fun. You should write science stuff.
Uhh how much fat is too little for them? Are 600lbs people their real prey?
They eat some pretty fatty prey, seals are especially their favorites.
I feel like even if a morbidly obese person was in front of the shark, it would still be hesitant and may not want to risk attacking the strange creature in front of them. If they did bite the fatty bits... Then I think that person might be in trouble, unless something else about humans isn’t tasty.
Diet plays a major factor on the taste of meat. As a general rule, herbivores taste better than carnivores.
So as a fat vegan I'm fucked if I meet a shark?
You are the human equivalent of [Ibérico ham](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam%C3%B3n_ib%C3%A9rico#Process).
Yep. My mom was able to taste the difference between grass and grain field cow once when eating hamburgers.
So a obese vegetarian \*chefs kiss\*
Yea but most 600lb humans aren’t in their habitat
Black eye, like a doll’s eye. Doesn’t seem to be livin.
2000 men go in the water. 400 come out…. The sharks… they take the rest…
I’ll never put on a life vest again
Course those were [oceanic white-tip sharks](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanic_whitetip_shark), most likely. Maybe [silky sharks](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silky_shark) too, but less likely.
Technically Quint says that they’re Tiger Sharks. But yes, white-tips are sharks in the actual USS Indianapolis story.
Anyway, we delivered the bomb
This whole monologue isn’t even in the book which is crazy because it’s such a great classic scene from the movie.
Great read but I had to stop in my tracks when the author suggests jaws is ever dismissed by critics as just an action blockbuster. I’ve personally never seen that and it would completely erase any credibility the critic had if they did so.
In my mind it is widely regarded as one of the best films ever made almost universally. It’s basically a perfect film. The only legitimate criticism i ever hear is the special effects (the shark) being so dated and fake looking now younger people just can’t get past it. But that does not diminish how amazing the rest of the film is in every way.
Well it's thanks to that shitty looking effect that the movie is so good. It caused it to be complete rewritten to show the shark as little as possible. Thus adding to the utter terror of it.
It's a rare example of the movie being better than the book. That monologue was specially written by John Milius, who also cowrote Apocalypse Now, among several other directing and writing credits.
Honestly the lack of the shark is what makes the film since the shark was so janky I think it helped the movie and I think Spielberg learned from this and applied it to Jurassic Park.
Jaws is in my top 5 favorite movies. JP is up there also.
The suspense of knowing it’s there but not seeing it was what made it so great.
The ice cream man he take the rest.
Wait... Let me see your arm!
One of my childhood [favorites!](https://youtu.be/uzr5-kn9mW4)
[I'm sorry, what?](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoZyOyhrwA0&t=30s)
"Served my time in Hiroshima, China"
29 kids go in the water. 22 kids come out of the water. Ice cream man, he take the rest...
Charlie, did you just do Jaws?
Jaws? Charlie are you seriously doing the monologue from Jaws right now?
Hooper drives the boat, Chief.
*"Hey, Chiefy. Next time, you just ask me which line to pull, right?*"
Slow ahead. I can slow ahead. How bout you come down here and chum some of this shit!
[slowly backs up]
We’re gonna need a bigger boat.
*Show me the way to go home...*
Noooo I'm tired and I wanna go to bed!
Apparantly they commit suicide if you try to put them in a tank.
I can't imagine what Sharks Dream Of
Death, sounds like.
Their certainly not emotive, but the fact that they don't consider everything in front of them appetizing suggests some depth of consideration
I think there are even some sharks that even foster their young, and when you start talking about cold water; they live so long it's hard to imagine they don't develop characters . . .
The only reason most of the shark species attack a human Is because they are confusing us with seals. Especially the surfers
Also they bite to investigate. It is not uncommon for buoys and floats to have bite marks. Most shark attacks (even great whites) on humans are just a single bite. Humans "escape" because the sharks (obviously better swimmers) didn't pursue them.
Unfortunately even an inquisitive bite by a mouth full of sharp teeth can be a devastating injury leading to severe blood loss.
Sharks biting things is equivalent to how a cat will bat at things, occasionally leading to pushing stuff off ledges
TIL sharks are underwater cats.
yeah what do people expect they dont have hands to just grab shit they only have a mouth
I remember watching something (probably Shark Week) that said that sharks don't actually mistake us for seals, but since they do use biting to investigate that's why we get attacked.
Both are correct. Surfers are mistaken for seals cause they are in the surface on their boards, mimicking the way that seals go up for oxygen
Some are definitely emotive. Lemon sharks enjoy human company can be jealous if a diver pets other sharks
It’s crazy that they can’t be held in captivity. When I found that out years ago they didn’t know why. Have they (marine biologists)figured it out yet?
I think a group of marine biologists tried to establish a contained space to study them. Unfortunately it went horribly wrong and Samuel L. Jackson died
Ya'll know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like goin' down to the pond, chasin' bluegills and tommycocks. This shark, swallow you whole.
Their mouth just looks like its painful. I mean, i had my wisdom tooth come in and i wanted to chop my lower jaw off. I cant imagine all those teeth going all different directions lol
I think shark teeth are designed to be replacable and easily fall out. Sharks have like 5 sets of teeth at any given point in time IIRC, and fall out under relatively minimal stress
I read somewhere that if a shark losses a single tooth, it will grow a entire new set of teeth to take its place.
IIR sharks constantly grow sets of teeth at all times to shove out the old set.
A teeth conveyor belt with an expiration date on the front row
Really needs to exfoliate
Those holes are electroreceptors (called Ampullae of Lorenzini) and they help the shark do all kinds of things.
nah man, that thing looks smooth as hell
Sharks are actually incredibly smooth, like a dolphin
Edit: for those doubting, here’s a picture of me reading a book about it: https://imgur.com/gallery/8xMPEwv
From any angle too, extremely smooth skin. I'm touching a shark right now.
They’re even trying to replicate the shark skin in the aviation industry to make airplane bodies smoother
what? no i thought they're smooth in one direction only. they don't have scales but denticles, which are little bumps that point in one direction (towards the tail)
Those dead black eyes…
A lot safer than if their eyes are white, that often means they're actually attacking and they can't see through their protective membranes.
Their eyes are blue. That shark had membrane down to protect its eyes.
I'm not necessarily arguing, but I find that odd as I've only ever seen their membranes being a light off-white color. Though I only have a general and kinda vague knowledge of sharks from classes years ago.
[Some sharks have a clear membrane that covers and protects the eye when a shark bites its prey. Great White Sharks lacks this membrane and therefore roll their pupils back in their heads for protection when feeding. ](https://www.sharkcagediving.net/index.php/shark-facts)
Tl;dr - black =normal, white= attack.
Great white sharks do not have protective membranes, they roll back their eyes.
man you could've rhymed that!
black is normal, white is attack.
great whites don't have membranes,
they roll their eyes back.
Good to know if I’d ever encounter one.
Or… do I want to know when I’m being attacked or rather be oblivious?
That's quite a smile he has.
That’s the gentlest boop I’ve ever seen
Whole lot of nope
Hi! My name’s Bruce and fish are friends, not food. How are you today?
IIII NEVER KNEW MY FAAAATHAA
10/10 would do this.
10/10 the water would be brown.
Happened to me a couple times while spearfishing. I see sharks all the time, aggressive ones like bulls too but something about a big white hits different. They're just so big, not necessarily long but massive, thicc.
They'll pretty long too joking aside its fear/respect for an animal when your out of your element. Great whites are my favorite animals.
They're long but what gets you is the *girth*
Diver attacks do happen but it’s rare. We are too skinny and boney - not worth the indigestion.
Well this doesn't look like a attack but I'd still shit my pants even in a cage, such awesome powerful animals but damn they scary.
Great now you've put your scent on it, it's mother is never going to take it back now.
These are incredibly beautiful creatures. Yes, they're scary as hell, but beautiful too.
The balls on this dud generate their own gravity field
Any amount of mass generates gravity, so even your own tiny nuts have a weak gravity field
I can feel the pull from where I'm sitting.
It must be tiring trying to swim in place with those cast iron balls weighing you down...
I think if a shark wants to attack you it'd swim much faster. That shark is just cruising around, so the camera person is chill about it.
That is not necessarily true. Oft times sharks don't know what we are, so they will cruise up to investigate. That can also mean biting the mysterious thing as a way to see if it's edible or not. You see it alot in documentaries, sharks swim up to shark-cages and bump them or bite them trying to figure out what's up.
Ah ok, thanks for clearing that up. But I guess panicking and fleeing would trigger the shark much more to bite than steering it away?
Also not necessarily, things that are moving or flailing might make a shark cautious. They prey on seals and sealions which are large and predators themselves, and are fully capable for hurting a shark in defense of themselves. By not moving much they could see us as less threatening, and thus see us as a less possible source of injury.
That said, you could also be correct in that it could cause a chase reaction from them or at least keep thier attention.
I watched a science documentary where they had only a plexiglass cage in the water, the guy in the glass turned his back on that's when the shark attacked. The shark scientists said the sharks know it's meat there but they wait til you're in a vulnerable position. Just like they prefer to attack seals from behind. This shark had just eaten, they often feed sharks so divers safely can swim around them, no way a hungry shark would casually swim by a diver without at least taking a bite.
I’d feel a lot better if we stuck some googly eyes on those eye holes
doesn't even look like it even had eyes. just dark uncaring holes.
If you look closely you can see an iris and pupil.
How does this guy not quickly sink to the ocean floor from the weight of his balls.
That's a BIG BOOP
That's a large fish.
Shark: “ew what’s that smell?”
I just love a good chonky shark
Let me introduce you to my friend, the [bull shark.](https://www.sciencemag.org/sites/default/files/styles/article_main_large/public/images/sn-sharksH_0.jpg?itok=uBIvbA7S)
I was not displeased with that big chonker
Wtf it has a human face
Please tell me the sharks name is Mister Scruffles
What are those eyes