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Shark attacks drone, shark wins

Technically Incorrect: A $250,000 underwater robot is mistaken for a big fish by a shark. Oh, calamity.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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This is a shark attacking a GoPro. Sharks aren't fans of tech. Bodhispeak/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The natural inhabitants of the earth tend to look upon technology with a snarl.

It never seems to do them too much good. It gets in their way horribly.

So when a shark saw an oceanographer's drone wafting around in the seas off Western Australia, it didn't stop to pose in case the darn thing had a camera.

As the West Australian reports, the drone was simply there for research. Soon, it began to realize it was there for lunch.

The machine, as coastal oceanography professor Charitha Pattiaratchi told the West Australian, was around 2 meters (around 6.5 feet) long. The suspect was twice the size.

The drone was there to measure ocean temperatures and salinity. It ceased to function just before 10 a.m. last Friday. It was found with teeth marks adorning its body.

The shark appears to have attacked it from below. Perhaps stunned by the drone's rawness, the shark left a tooth behind in the casing.

Still, it made an estimated $20,000 worth of damage to the $250,000 machine.

This isn't even the first shark attack on a University of Western Australia research drone. It's something that the academics the world over just have to put up with.

Sharks tend to mistake tech for other beings. In this case, Professor Pattiaratchi believes the shark thought the drone was a big fish.

Sharks must be pretty confused with what they're finding in the oceans these days.