Samsung is promoting it’s head-mounted Gear VR display with some 360-degree footage of great white shark diving off Port Lincoln, Australia. Head-mounted displays like the Gear VR and Occulus Rift offer viewers an immersive experience that can simulate a completely different environment.
I shot some similar white shark footage using the Kolor Abyss 360 rig at Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico, last September. This footage should be compatible with both the Samsung Gear VR and Occulus. If you don’t have a head-mounted display, you can still take advantage of the 360-degree effect, using your mouse to click and drag to change the angle.
YouTube user Ian Banks had a chance encounter with a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) on Wednesday while diving Kingscliff Reef off New South Wales, Australia. As you can see in the video, the shark didn’t stick around long upon Banks’ approach. The video just goes to show that, unlike what we often see in major media, sometimes white sharks are more afraid of humans than vice-versa.
Australia’s 7News recently featured the report of an encounter that three fisherman had with a great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) off the coast of Portland in Victoria, Australia. According to the report, the white shark calmly circled the boat for around 20 minutes before bumping the boat and biting the outboard motor. The fishermen were able to capture some footage of the chance encounter with a GoPro camera.
While the News 7 video segment is dubiously titled “Great White Terror,” the fishermen certainly didn’t seem to be terrified in the interview segment. All three men touched shark and told 7 News they’d love to encounter a white shark again.
A bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) managed to find its way into a swimming enclosure at Macleay Island off Brisbane (Queensland, Australia) according to a Ten News video report. The shark was estimated to be 5′ (1.5 m) in length. The net enclosing the swimming area is not secured to the sea bed, so the shark was able to swim underneath it.
The shark was eventually led out of the enclosure after a two-hour effort, with all parties involved unharmed.
A recent study published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series has identified the presence of two distinct white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) populations in Australia’s waters, according to a Phys.Org article. The study compared tissues samples from 97 “predominantly juvenile” Australian white sharks. The data from the tissues samples were used in conjunction with tracking data acquired through acoustic and satellite tags.
The study determined that the genetic makeup of white sharks found on Australia’s western seaboard differed from those found on the eastern seaboard. Data from the the white sharks sampled in the study implied that the sharks return to their geographical birth regions to breed, a behavior known as reproductive philopatry. The results of the tissue analyses were “broadly consistent” with tracking data from tagged sharks, which showed that white sharks from the western population tended not to travel east and vice versa.