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Google's undersea cables have to be reinforced because sharks keep biting them | The Verge

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Google has been forced to protect its undersea data cables with a Kevlar-like coating in order to defend them against shark attacks. Dan Belcher, a Google product manager, explained at a Google Cloud Roadshow event that the company's trans-Pacific fiber-optic cables were wrapped in the material partly in order to keep them safe from the creatures' teeth.

Sharks have been drawn to undersea fiber-optic cabling since the connections were first laid down. The New York Times reported in 1987 that shark attacks had caused the failure of four segments of brand new cabling, and an experimental cable placed in 1985 was discovered to have shark teeth embedded in it. The behaviour has been observed more recently, with footage from a remotely operated submersible uploaded in 2010 showing a large shark clamping its jaws around a segment of thick cabling, before swimming away.

It's kind of hilarious to think of sharks chomping on the Internet cables.

Like rats and power cables!!

Like vicious babies teething!!

Like dingos and vicious babies!!

The three alternative images are so much worse than the shark.

Who would win in a fight between a dingo and a shark?

Location is everything.

Good answer! We would have also accepted: "The audience!"

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