Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Massachusetts researchers taking underwater video of a great white shark captured the moment the ocean predator chomped down on a GoPro camera.
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries posted a video to Facebook that was filmed by researcher Greg Skomal while he was with a crew from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy on Monday afternoon.
"I had the camera on a pole in the water and the shark was swimming and I'm thinking, 'I'll get a great view of the face of the shark and that will help us identify it.' It kept coming and then opened its mouth and bit it," Skomal told New England Cable News.
Skomal said he and his fellow researchers were surprised when the 11-foot female shark bit the camera. He said he has filmed hundreds of sharks and the great white Monday was the first to chomp down on the camera.
"This is new behavior for us," Skomal said. "I hope we know this shark. I'd like to know what the behavior of this particular animal is."
He said the bite appeared to have been exploratory in nature, amounting to the shark trying to identify the camera. Skomal said the shark would have destroyed the camera if the bite was meant to be predatory.
Skomal said the shark was not one of the 110 tagged by his team, so they are now reviewing the footage to analyze the shark's markings and see if it is known to researchers.