Great White Shark Chases Underwater Camera in Terrifying Video

A marine scientist has captured spectacular footage of a great white shark chasing after his underwater camera off the coast of Cape Cod.

Greg Skomal, a senior fisheries scientist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, caught the breathtaking apex predator on camera while tagging sharks off the peninsula.

In the video, the shark can initially be seen swimming close to the camera.

A few seconds later, however, the fish has returned and begins swimming towards the underwater camera as it moves from that area of the ocean.

The shark is able to keep pace with the camera, while the animal's distinctive dark black eyes are visible on the video, along with its razor sharp teeth.

While the shark eventually loses interest and swims off in another direction, the clip nevertheless makes for a fascinating watch.

Filmed last Friday, Skomal successfully tagged four sharks during his trip out that day.

The video was shared to Twitter by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), an organization set up to protect and monitor the white shark population in these waters.

Though some may have found the footage unsettling, several shark fans on Twitter saw things in a different light.

MayTheF07093924 wrote: "That's probably the cutest, almost smiling great white shark I think I have seen in any footage!"

DEAD_P1XL agreed: "It's so cute! I want to pet it."

Cool underwater video footage of a curious white shark from last Friday's research trip where @GregSkomal of @MassDMF, working with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, tagged four sharks off the coast of Cape Cod! pic.twitter.com/8vDUf3KHI5

— Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (@A_WhiteShark) August 16, 2021

White sharks have been a protected species in Massachusetts state waters since 2005. Prior to that, however, they were hunted and were a popular target among recreational fisheries.

According to the AWSC, though white shark sightings and catch records in the Northwest Atlantic have increased, suggesting some level of population recovery, stock status remains uncertain.

As the largest predatory shark in the ocean, North Atlantic white sharks play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem.

Sharks of this kind sit at the top of the food chain and help to keep the population of other species (such as grey seals) under control.

The AWSC has been working closely with shark science experts to support studies into the behaviour of North Atlantic white sharks.

It is part of a concerted effort to improve and influence factors that may affect public safety when it comes to sharks, while also educating the wider population on the subject in order to dispel any incorrect assertions regarding the species.

The process of tagging sharks helps give scientists a clearer idea of how many currently reside in a particular region.

Sharks of this kind are traditionally known to flock to the area of ocean found just off the coast of Massachusetts during the summer months.

The ASWC states that: "The inshore waters off many Cape Cod and South Shore beaches are preferred feeding grounds for white sharks."

While they primarily hunt and feed on seals, white sharks have been known to bite humans, albeit rarely.

The most recent bite, which occurred in September of 2018, resulted in a fatality.

Newsweek has contacted Skomal and the ASWC for further comment.

Video footage of a white shark.
Close-up footage of a white shark chasing an underwater camera. Atlantic White Shark Conservancy/Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries