There’s now a way to experience the thrill of swimming beside an actual shark without the horror of potentially being torn apart by one.
Just in time for Shark Week, Discovery has launched a new virtual reality app that puts you where the action is, whether it’s mountain biking through tight trails, zip lining through jagged peaks or going on an undersea predator hunt.
What this means is that no matter where Discovery’s brave explorers go, you’ll be along for the ride. And guess where they’ll be going during Shark Week? You got it–they’ll be hanging with some underwater beasts that could make Jaws look like a sardine.
The way the app works is pretty simple. There’s a variety of videos you can watch, just like you would on a site like YouTube. Except once these videos start playing, you can change the angle of the camera up to 360 degrees. What this means is that you can “look around” in the video just as you can in real life–the virtual reality element essentially amounts to the turn of your head.
Sometimes you can be looking at a shark swimming in front of you, for example, but as soon as you shift your view 180 degrees to the back, you’ll see a hammerhead coming right up from behind! Without giving too much away, some of the uses planned for the app involve an experience where you can help investigate the disappearance of great white sharks from the Neptune Islands near Australia, and also unlock geo-based experiences and games!
If you’re interested, Discovery VR is available on Android, iOS, DiscoveryVR.com and also on Discovery’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Better hurry though, because we all know what happens if you wade around in the water for too long.