Could this autonomous underwater robot shed new light on basking sharks?

While we know that the Basking shark is the world’s second-largest fish, there’s so much we don’t know about this fascinating creature. Such is the reason why a team of researchers has deployed an underwater robot that can discretely film the interactions of basking sharks to shed light on everything from sex to group behavior.

Researchers say the autonomous “SharkCam”, which was deployed in July around the Inner Hebrides, has captured wide-angle high-definition video of sharks that have been tagged, with the team now wading through the footage. It’s almost like a reality TV show, but for basking sharks. It is hoped the project might provide more details about basking sharks, and possibly reveal whether the creatures breed in Scottish waters.

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