The scientists had one simple request, and that was to have sharks with frickin’ cameras attached to their heads:
The footage from 14 tiger sharks, six Galapagos sharks, five sandbar sharks, five bluntnose sixgill sharks and a prickly shark is the first to be taken of sharks, by sharks in their natural environment.
One clip from a camera attached to a male sandbar shark show the pursuit of a female; another shows its wearer’s point of view as it meets up with dozens of other sharks in a mixed group including sandbars, oceanic blacktips and scalloped hammerheads and swimming together for most of the day.
This is, you may be certain, a Serious Scientific Inquiry:
Sharks are among the top predators in the world’s oceans, and so where they go and what they eat can have huge effects that reverberate through their ecosystem’s food web. Scientists have attached sensors to sharks before to get an idea of their movements, but until recently they haven’t had the technology necessary to get good video footage or to get their cameras back.
Did this cost one million dollars? Maybe, maybe not.
(Tweeted at me, complete with Austin Powers references, by just another prof.)