Shark Cam 360

Want to be surrounded by real live sharks all day? Virtually? I thought so. To celebrate the 25th annual Shark Week, Discovery has a crazy 360-degree Shark Cam streaming from the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. You can click and drag within the video window to see sharks and other sea creatures lazily swimming around you...all around cannot escape...must close browser window...without...angering...sharks....

There are also some special events inside the Shark Cam tank coming up next week:

Beginning Monday, August 13, tune in for live diver Q&A sessions starting at 12:30 p.m. ET, and daily whale shark feedings at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET — every week day during Shark Week (premiering Sunday, August 12, at 9PM e/p).

In a bizarre-but-awesome move, Discovery now sells official "Live Every Week Like It's Shark Week" merchandise, making the 30 Rock joke a reality. (No, I don't get a cut of the sales. I wish.)

To make the cam creepier, just play the Jaws theme in the background on repeat.

The Auto-Icon of Jeremy Bentham

In life, philosopher Jeremy Bentham was best known as the founder of Utilitarianism. After he died, he became a statue. Take a peek at the "auto-icon" of Jeremy Bentham above, and read the strange story of Jeremy Bentham's dying wish—and how he came to America two centuries after his death—here

Watch How a Bioluminescence Expert Catches a Giant Squid

Giant squid have been the object of fascination for millennia; they may have even provided the origin for the legendary Nordic sea monsters known as the Kraken. But no one had captured them in their natural environment on video until 2012, when marine biologist and bioluminescence expert Edith Widder snagged the first-ever images off Japan's Ogasawara Islands [PDF]. Widder figured out that previous dives—which tended to bring down a ton of gear and bright lights—were scaring all the creatures away. (Slate compares it to "the equivalent of coming into a darkened theater and shining a spotlight at the audience.")

In this clip from BBC Earth Unplugged, Widder explains how the innovative camera-and-lure combo she devised, known as the Eye-in-the-Sea, finally accomplished the job by using red lights (which most deep-sea creatures can't see) and an electronic jellyfish (called the e-jelly) with a flashy light show just right to lure in predators like Architeuthis dux. "I've tried a bunch of different things over the years to try to be able to talk to the animals," Widder says in the video, "and with the e-jelly, I feel like I'm finally making some progress."

[h/t The Kid Should See This]


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