VIA – SKY NEWS
Scientists attach transmitters to hundreds of sharks, including great whites, to monitor their movements near public beaches.
By Jonathan Samuels, Australia Correspondent
Sharks in Western Australia swimming close to popular beaches are using Twitter to send warning messages to surfers and swimmers.
The unique project means beach goers can make an informed decision about whether to go in the water knowing a shark is nearby.
Scientists have attached transmitters to more than 320 sharks, including great whites, which monitor their movements up and down the coast.
When a tagged shark swims within about a kilometre of a beach, it triggers an alert which is picked up by computer. That computer then instantly turns the shark’s signal into a short message on Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s (SLSWA) Twitter feed.
The tweet gives the size and breed of the shark, and its approximate location.
Chris Peck, from SLSWA, told Sky News the system is far quicker than traditional warnings on local radio and in newspapers.
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