Cameras Give Researchers a "Shark's Eye" View of the Sea

Posted: March 4, 2014  |  By: [CBS News]

With their reputation for danger, sharks can be a difficult animal to study. But researchers at the University of Hawaii and the University of Tokyo have found an interesting solution: they're strapping cameras onto the sharks' fins.

The cameras offer a unique way of studying how the sharks eat, swim and live. More than 30 sharks were outfitted with cameras, sensors and transmitters.

"What we are doing is really trying to fill out the detail of what their role is in the ocean," Carl Meyer, an assistant researcher at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, said in a press release. "It is all about getting a much deeper understanding of sharks' ecological role in the ocean, which is important to the health of the ocean and, by extension, to our own well-being."

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