A Great White Shark Was Caught Napping On Video For The First Time
Scientists have caught a great white shark napping on camera.
Even a great sea predator like the white shark needs some time to rest. With scientists studying and noticing the great white shark, still, the activity of the big fish at night is unknown. Nobody has ever managed to record or see a white shark in mid sleep.
That was until a team of scientists from Pelagios Kakunjá and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have managed to catch w great white shark on videotape in mid sleep. It appeared in a sleep-like state.
The group of scientists have noticed the shark in the shallow water around Guadalupe Island, near Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The shark was swimming in this sleep-like state in 3 km/h (1.8 mph) current near the bottom of the shallow water.
The reason the shark was swimming in the face of the current is to acquire the amount of oxygen need flood into its gills with minimum effort. It allows her to slow down and not to sink in water and also to save energy for her hunting activity during the day.
The shark was sleeping with mouth open in an almost catatonic state. Scientists have always noticed how sharks during the day stay deep waiting for a prey to eat and this behaviour is completely different at night.
The great white shark maintains a slow swimming speed in order not to sink in the bottom, suffocate, and die. Instead, she stays close to the bottom. This great discovery is a dramatic change in the way scientists have always seen the great white shark’s behaviour.
Discovery has posted this video of the shark napping in the ocean in celebration of this week’s Shark Week.
So check out the great discovery.
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