Sharks Keep Attacking Google’s Undersea Data Cables

By: | September 3rd, 2014

Sharks seem to be very attracted to Google’s undersea data cables, so much so that the cables had to be outfitted with a Kevlar-like coating in order to fend off damage from shark bites.

Google’s trans-Pacific fiber-optic cables have been the product of shark attacks for years not but it wasn’t until recently the company was able to get video footage from a remotely-operated submarine to capture exactly what was going on.

Are sharks trying to destroy our Internet?

The logical answer is no, as many believe that the fact that sharks are able to detect electromagnetic fields, called electroception, is what is drawing them to the cables.

Sharks use electroception to hunt down their prey in many cases, as they are able to sense which fish are giving off weak bioelectric fields and in turn go after them.

Unfortunately for the sharks, they are chomping down on Google cables expecting an easy and delicious meal but are quickly disappointed and swim away, as shown in the video below.

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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