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Life In 360°: Jaws’ Understudy

Welcome back to another week of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) – and anything in between for that matter – news, here on VRFocus. First and foremost, I hope you all had a good weekend, for myself this meant dealing with a lot of problems caused by other people.

Life In 360° / 360 Degree VideoWhich is the worst kind of problem. There’s one thing clearing up a mess when you yourself are culpable, that’s fine. You understand the situation and there’s a level of acceptance.  When you essentially get landed with a steaming pile of manure courtesy of someone else things can, unsurprisingly get a bit testy. Especially when it impacts your free time.

Needless to say, the person concerned got a bit of a telling off from myself about how they had, essentially, “thrown me to the sharks” as I put it, to ward off their own laziness. Which is, perhaps, a little unfair on sharks.

The phrase did stay in my mind though, so I thought we’d start the week by looking at some sharks – and lo and behold if there isn’t an actual new video from Discovery on the subject. Released as part of their Shark Week series, it’s even called Understanding Sharks. Discovery take us all on a trip to the Bahamas and to Tiger Beach, which is home to some of the largest examples of tiger sharks anywhere in the world.

The tiger shark is a near threatened species, which means that while it isn’t endangered it’s not exactly without concern either, and one that is quite capable of killing a human. The great white might have the record in that area but it’s the tiger shark that is in second. It’s actually not that surprising a tiger shark would kill a human since it has a reputation for pretty much eating anything. Like an underwater goat, it’ll consume pretty much anything in order to survive – which isn’t always good for it since that also includes man-made rubbish.

Discovery takes to the water with Dr. Neil Hammerschlag as he explains how his team tracks these very solitary creatures and how the data is used to better protect the species. You can check out the video below.