Drones Are Keeping California’s Beaches Safe From Sharks

///Drones Are Keeping California’s Beaches Safe From Sharks

Drones Are Keeping California’s Beaches Safe From Sharks

Shark, Kronos Reef, US Fish and Wildlife Service January 22, 2012

Shark, Kronos Reef, US Fish and Wildlife Service January 22, 2012

In California, drones are “flying” in order to help lifeguards track sharks that are swimming along the coast. Tracking shark swim patterns can help keep California beaches safe. After a recent shark attack in North Carolina involving two swimmers just 90 minutes apart, this technology couldn’t be implemented fast enough.

Lifeguards on Surfside Beach in California are sending out new miniature drones to detect sharks. If the sharks show aggressive behavior, they will close the beaches.

The drone allows lifeguards to get a bird’s eye view in real time without so much as putting a toe in the water.

On Monday the drone recorded a juvenile great white in waist-high water, although thankfully there were no swimmers at the time.

Drones against sharks: Tracking UAV used on California beach

Tracking shark from the air is not a new idea, but by using drones, the process can now be cost effective. Especially when you consider the cost of using a helicopter or single-engine Cessna like Stephen Kajiura, a professor from Florida Atlantic University.

By | 2017-08-31T15:24:58+00:00 June 23rd, 2015|Drone Applications, Drones|Comments Off on Drones Are Keeping California’s Beaches Safe From Sharks

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Michael Robbins
Mr. Michael Robbins, who resides in Northern California, is our drone tech expert with over 30 years of experience. He started his career building gas powered UAVs at age 12. He has since earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Design and Engineering and is AutoCAD certified. He has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Hearst Castle, CNN, Adobe, Oracle, HP, Cisco Systems, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and NASA. With a passion for aviation, Mr. Robbins spends his spare time studying for his Commercial Pilot’s License.