Researchers from Massey University in New Zealand made a surprising discovery when they placed a camera attached to a bait container in the ocean.

Expecting to find the usual suspects of marine life making inquisitive visits to the bait container, they were shocked to see a great white shark turn up and proceed to take the whole rig on a wild ride.

Great whites are very rare in the waters off Rangitahua, or Kermadec island, where the footage was taken. The shark is estimated to be at least 9ft/2.7m long and made several inquisitive passes before deciding to grab hold of the bait can.

Scientists took encouragement from the video since great white sharks are considered a rarity in the location, so the video provides some proof of the existence of a shark population.

Check out the footage below.

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Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!

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