A few decades ago, Greg Marshall invented the “CritterCam” which National Geographic attaches to sea creatures in order to get their view of the world. But to get that footage, they have to get the camera on the creature. Sometimes that creature is a shark. And as Marshall explains, the first time they tried that particular idea, it did not go so well.

Marshall explains that “the concept was pretty straightforward” and involved a few easy steps: catch the shark, control it, dive with it, and mount the camera.

“Easy steps”? Really? Brb, going to catch a shark, control it, and get in the water with it. No bigs.

What he didn’t expect was that the shark wasn’t very enthusiastic about having a camera fixed to its back

Why did he not expect that? Personally, I do not like having a camera affixed to my back, especially when the people trying to attach it to me are also sticking me with hooks. Only I am able to express that with words, instead of sharp teeth.

which led to a near-death experience for a National Geographic cameraman

Who — let’s be fair here — swam after the shark, so it was his fault, right?

(don’t worry, he’s fine).

Oh! Well, good.