Watch: Sleeping great white shark caught on video for first time
A great white shark has been filmed taking a nap – the first known footage of its kind.
The Discovery channel team used a robotic submersible to capture the footage. The clip comes from the Shark Week show “Jaws of the Deep.” The shark is a large female hanging out in shallow water near Guadalupe Island in the Pacific Ocean.
The footage demonstrates that the sharks appear to enter into an almost-catatonic state with their mouths agape – allowing water to pass through their gills while they “sleep”.
Scientists hope the importance of breakthroughs such as this in our knowledge of great whites could lead to a reduction in the number of shark-related fatalities that occur each year.