Off the coast of Capo Beach in California, Photographer Matt Larmand captured a shark swimming at a very high speed. Although it is unclear what might have spooked the shark, the footage is quite spectacular.
Drone captures shark swimming at high speed
Photographer Matt Larmand said that,
“He [the shark] was going at least 20mph. I was going full-throttle on the drone trying to catch up to him.” He added: “I'm not sure what triggered him to burst into speed like that; I've never seen one do that.”
The director of the Shark Lab at California State University, Chris Lowe said that the shark might have been spooked by the shadow of the drone in the water.
“This response to the shadow of the drone supports one reason why they hang out in shallow waters, Lowe reportedly explained. “They don't know what is a threat and the safest behavior is to flee when they experience something unknown.”
“What's also interesting is that babies will exhibit this rapid flight in one direction, while older sharks will do a loop around when scared. This doubling back on a potential threat is a typical predator behavior to prevent a rear attack.”
Larmand posted the video below on Facebook and commented with the following,
“They're back! Ever seen a great white shark swimming full speed?! Me either until about 20 minutes ago when this guy decided to show off a little, he had to be going at least 20 mph, sorry for the bad filming but I wasn't expecting to be involved in a high-speed chase!”
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