'Baby Shark' becomes the first YouTube video to hit 10 billion views
Baby Shark," the inescapable earworm beloved by some children and often feared by their parents, has hit a new milestone -- 10 billion views on YouTube.
Not only is it the most-viewed video on the platform, a record it set in November 2020
, but it's now the only video on the site to reach 10 billion views, YouTube confirmed to CNN.
ouTube's most-watched video depicts two real children demonstrating the "Baby Shark dance" while the titular animated shark and his family -- including a mustachioed "Grandpa Shark" -- swim serenely and later attempt to hunt the kids. They fail, though, and the kids celebrate their safety while the sharks watch from afar, forks in fin.
Its success was somewhat accidental: In 2019, Pinkfong's US CEO Bin Jeong told CNN the company hadn't expected the clip to take off the way it did, saying, "the ones that make it, make it on their own."
To celebrate the most recent "special milestone," Pinkfong invited kids
all over the world to share their "Baby Shark Dance moments" with the company.