Australian Swimmers Now Protected by System that Tweets Sharks' Locations

Thursday January 2nd, 2014

Mako Shark On Rod And Reel (Getty Images)

Good news, swimmers of Western Australia! Provided you bring a waterproof smartphone into the water and ignore the natural beauty around you in favor of your Twitter feed, you might live:

Known as the Shark Monitoring Network, the system uses buoyed monitoring devices to pick up the signal from acoustic tags that scientists have attached to individual sharks. When a tagged shark swims within range of one of the monitors, its species, size and location is automatically recorded. That information is then transmitted via satellite to a computer, which immediately posts the information on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) Twitter account.

Here's an example of the system in action:


And hey, if a shark tries to eat you without first being detected by one of these sensors, just show him your phone and he's sure to acknowledge the error and swim away.


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