Google has adopted extreme measures to defend its undersea fibre optic cables from the depredations of the ocean's greatest and most iconic predator - the shark.

During a recent Google Cloud Roadshow event staged in Boston, Google cloud team product manager Dan Belcher revealed that measures adopted to protect its trans-Pacific underwater cables include wrapping them in Kevlar-type material, which is strong enough to withstand the immense pressure generated by shark bites. The expedient was deemed necessary…