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.
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.