Whoa: A Great White Shark Was Caught Napping on Video for the First Time

From a cage diver's terrifying close call to a filmmaker's startling face-to-face encounter, there's no shortage of spectacular videos of Great White Sharks. But now, scientists have captured footage showing one of the sea's fearsome killing machines unlike you've ever seen one before: napping.

The new video, which will appear as part of Discovery Channel's "Jaws of the Deep" special for Shark Week this year, was captured by a robotic submersible that followed the Great White along the coast of Mexico's Guadalupe Island. As explained in the clip, the shark doesn't stop swimming to catch some Zzzs, but rather slows into a sort of "catatonic" auto-pilot mode so that it doesn't sink to the ocean floor and die from a lack of oxygen. Discovery claims it's the first time a Great White Shark has been photographed in such a state. Whoa.

Anyway, we're not sure if this makes sharks a little less scary or way scarier. Probably the latter.

h/t Sploid

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and would not be pleased if he caught someone taking a video of him napping. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.