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Australian Sharks Now Tweet When They are Too Close to a Beach

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Posted in Science on 30th Dec, 2013 02:18 AM by AlexMuller

Australia has decided to take a unique approach to stop shark attacks by tagging sharks with an electronic device that send s out auto-tweets when it is swimming dangerously close to a beach.

 
While shark attacks are rare, especially fatal ones, Australia is ranked the second highest in terms of global shark attacks with 698 unprovoked attacks and it is ranked the highest in terms of shark fatalities, with 219 fatalities. With these statistics it makes sense the country would want to try to reduce the amount of attacks that happen on their beaches.
 
In total 320 sharks have been tagged with the auto-tweeting device, some of which include great white and bull sharks. The device allows the sharks position to be monitored where it is swimming, but the tweeting works independently, so it is not necessary for a person to send out the tweet. Instead it automatically happens via a computer that instantly turns the shark’s signal into a short message on Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s (SLSWA) Twitter feed.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-30
+2
This is great attempt to make people safe at the beach and also to make sharks protected when they enter waters were people would not want them to be. Lets hope this works Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-30
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This initiative will not only be useful for swimmers, but also for the potential information it will provide to the scientific community about sharks. It was great effort to tag 320 sharks and the battery life of tags is up to 10 years so the scientific data that may be collected from this shark could be the biggest ever
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-30
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We all hope that this plan works, particularly because other non-lethal options have become harder to come by. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-30
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Of course the service relies on people following the tweets .... I believe they will and it is going to be very popular Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-30
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This will benefit beach goers and their safety but importantly would help to protect great white sharks or other endangered shark species. This solution of warning is much better than a plan that permits fishermen to kill a big shark if it is swimming in a designated surfing or swimming area. Reply
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