Shark biting on undersea fiber optic cable

Submarine cable shark attack

Shark Week on Discovery always brings a lot of attention to the whole shark area.  But are shark attacks to undersea fiber optic cables a significant threat to the world’s optical transport networks?  An old YouTube video receiving a lot of renewed interest would indicate yes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ex7uTQf4bQ&feature=youtu.be  The video appears to show a six-gilled blunt nose shark chomping down on a submarine cable.

This new interest shark versus fiber optics was significant enough to prompt a response by the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC).  They reassured us not to worry.  They closely track undersea fiber optic cable faults and their causes.  Less than 0.5% of cable faults appear to be caused by fish bites. There is no need to worry that Jaws is going to disturb your next NetFlix or YouTube viewing session.

To get more details on the ICPC report, see https://www.iscpc.org/news/