Google is reinforcing its underwater internet cables with a Kevlar-like material to protect against shark bites.
Network World reports Dan Belcher, a product manager on Google’s cloud team, explained at a Google Cloud Roadshow event in Boston that the company will go to great lengths to protect their infrastructure.
It’s been known that sharks have been attracted to underwater cables since the 1980s. The New York Times reported in 1989 they had developed an “inexplicable taste” for underwater fibre optic cables.
Here’s footage from 2010 showing that sharks are still big fans of underwater cables.