These drones track sharks to protect beachgoers

Researchers are using drones to monitor sharks in California, said Jackie Snow at The New York Times. Once rare off Southern California beaches, “great white sharks are beginning to show up more often,” leading to more frequent encounters with beachgoers — and the death of a surfer this summer.

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Instead of relying only on lifeguards scanning the waves, a new program, called SharkEye, involves two drones — one that “travels along a preprogrammed path in the sky” and a second that follows a “meandering route to scan the water below.”


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