New video and photos unveil the previously reported high tech miniature video camera tag that will be affixed to the fin of a great white before its winter migration to the mysterious White Shark Café halfway between California and Hawaii.
Many researchers have attached video cameras to sharks in the past, but the new device created at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the aquarium's research institute MBARI is designed to stay on the great white for several months, withstand dives as deep as 3,300 feet and survive bursts of acceleration to speeds up to 25 miles per hour.
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The device – still undergoing testing – is outfitted with a battery that can power 10 hours of video recording. It also contains internal data processing and storage systems. The camera additionally is programmable, so it will only collect video when a shark makes repeated dives at the "café."
A goal is to figure out what the sharks are doing during such dives. Possibilities include hunting or acquiring a mate. Whatever the activity is, the sharks feel it is important enough to warrant, at least in part, the lengthy journey to the Pacific location.
The camera project is the brainchild of white shark expert Sal Jorgensen, a research scientist at the aquarium. Jorgensen partnered with MBARI engineer Thom Maughan to tackle the design challenges.