If like 99% of the population you have an irrational fear of a certain gray fish with large snapping jaws and a pointy fin lurking in the water beneath you, the news that Australia is taking new measures to monitor the activity of sharks may just put your mind at rest.
Australia is the first country to use drones to keep track of shark sightings and will use a special algorithm developed by the University of Technology Sydney to ensure both beachgoers and surfers are at a lower risk of being attacked moving forward. Australia has the highest number of fatal shark attacks in the world - at least this was the case in 2015 - but the number of people that die from shark attacks has never proceeded 10 in any year.
These shark-spotting drones work by hovering over the sharks while at the same time sending a live video of the sighting back to pilots - clever, huh? These insanely clever devices also warn surfers of sharks up to one kilometer away as well as deploying emergency flotation devices that inflate when needed. Manufacturers say the technology is much more efficient than the human eye at identifying sharks, with video trials showing a success rate of 92%.
The drones will be rolled out for trials along beaches in Queensland and New South Wales this year next month.
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