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Sharks Now Tweeting Their Presence Near Australian Beaches

by Sean P. Aune | December 29, 2013December 29, 2013 1:00 pm PST


Swimmers in Australia are going to have a little less to worry about when in the ocean thanks to a new program that will see sharks tweeting their proximity to beaches.

In an effort to curb shark attacks off the coast of Australia, a new program has tagged around 320 sharks with transmitters that will send out alerts when the animals approach popular beaches. According to a report from the Business Standard, there have been six shark related deaths off Australian beaches in the past two years and that has prompted authorities to look into new ways to keep tabs on the animals besides using helicopters and boats.

The system is set up to send a signal to a computer when the shark comes within a kilometer of the beach, and that is then turned into a tweet on the¬†Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s (@SLSWA) Twitter feed.

As of the drafting of this post, and we can’t be sure it’s the same tiger shark, alerts had been going off for 90 minutes on the Twitter feed to let people know it was in the area. Considering it was after 2 a.m. there, we assume the beach was clear, but it’s good to see the system does indeed work.

While the system will of course never be able to track every shark that could potentially wander near a beach, every little thing that helps keep swimmers safe is a victory in our book.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...