Crazy Footage Captures Sub On Ocean Floor Coming Into Contact With 'Deep-Sea Monster' Predating Dinosaurs

By maks in Animals On 30th April 2024

There is still so much about our planet that we are continuing to explore and understand.

Every day, scientists around the world strive to learn more about Earth, including its vast oceans and everything in between.

One particular area of interest for researchers is the diverse land and marine life that inhabits our planet, both above and below the water.

It turns out that some of the deepest and most remote parts of our oceans are home to the most fascinating creatures.

OceanX researchers went down in one of its submarines in 2019. YouTube / OceanX

Many of these marine animals are rarely seen by humans due to the challenging depths at which they reside.

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However, in 2019, a research team achieved a remarkable feat by diving hundreds of meters below the ocean's surface.

There, they encountered what could only be described as a creature resembling a monster.

This formidable predator is said to be 'older than the dinosaurs' and can reach lengths of up to 20 feet.

While it might be easy to mistake this creature for a megalodon shark, the OceanX team actually encountered a bluntnose sixgill shark, sometimes known as a cow shark.

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Captured in incredible footage from inside their submarine, a massive female shark casually swam over the submersible and even took a moment to peer inside, inspecting the researchers.

This whole encounter seemed like something straight out of a Hollywood movie, but it was a very real and historic moment for the OceanX team with the bluntnose sixgill shark.

"Our objective was the deep-sea #shark, the bluntnose sixgill," OceanX shared on YouTube when the video was posted in July 2019. 

"This ancient species predates most dinosaurs, and is a dominant predator of the deep sea ecosystem.The lead scientist on the mission, FSU Marine Lab's Dr Dean Grubbs, has been the first to put a satellite tag on one of these elusive sharks, but until now had only been able to do so by bringing them up to the surface."

To attract the shark, the team took down 100 pounds of bait.

Since its posting, the video of the OceanX team's encounter with the shark has been viewed over 25 million times, prompting them to host a Reddit Q&A session to address any questions the public might have.

The viral video has been viewed 25 million times. YouTube / OceanX

One participant asked: "How often does the tag check in with satellites? Do the sharks have to rise to a certain depth for the tag to communicate?"

Lucy Howey from OceanX answered, "There are satellite tags that can report to the satellites when an animal’s at the surface, however, because these are deepwater sharks that never go to the surface, we use archival tags (they’re kind of like a Fitbit in that they’re a small device that records and stores a bunch of data but to send it later). 

"When the tag pops off it sends the data to a satellite. There’s a small piece of metal that attaches the tag to the animal and after a certain amount of time there’s an electrical current that corrodes the piece of metal and it floats to the surface.

"So the tag doesn’t 'check in' but the data does take a few weeks to download because there are only short periods of time when satellites are actually overhead to receive the signal over the course of a day, or even how many satellites are available to that part of the planet. It can also take a long time if there’s a lot of data in the tag/if the memory is full."

Pretty cool, huh?