Mon. Jul 13th, 2020

Western Australia Fitting Sharks With Transmitters To ‘Tweet’ Their Locations To Swimmers, Highlight Hollywood News

Sharks in Western Australia have been fitted with transmitters that tweet their location if they swim close to popular beaches,  in order to keep surfers and swimmers safe. The unique project involved 320 sharks, and the transmitters monitor their  movement up and down the western coast of Australia. If they get too close to a  popular beach they trigger an alert, sent out as a tweet to people following the  Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s (@SLSWA Twitter feed). The tweet provides the location, size  and species of the shark.

According to Chris Peck from SLSWA, earlier systems did not provide  up-to-date information — often a day late when the shark had long passed.   “Now it’s instant information and really people don’t have an excuse to say  we’re not getting the information, it’s about whether you are searching for it  and finding it,” Peck told Sky News.
Western Australia is the world’s deadliest place for shark attacks and  authorities patrol the region using helicopters and boats, but a recent string  of shark attacks prompted the project.

In a move that has angered environmentalists, Australian ministers have  allowed fishermen to kill sharks measuring three meters of longer if they are  found in certain zones used by swimmers and surfers. They also plan to bait and  capture sharks over the summer.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: AP
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