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Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers 75

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-to-see-if-it's-safe-to-go-back-in-the-water dept.
Zothecula writes "More shark attacks occur in Western Australia than almost anyplace else on Earth. In order to help protect swimmers and surfers, the state government relies largely on helicopter-based spotters, plus members of the public who report their own sightings. Now, however, the Department of Fisheries has introduced a new system, in which the toothy fishes announce their own presence via Twitter. Known as the Shark Monitoring Network, the system utilizes acoustic tags that are attached to the fins of individual sharks, along with buoyed monitoring devices that pick up the signals transmitted by those tags. When a tagged shark swims within range of one of the monitors, its species, size and location is automatically recorded."
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Western Australian Sharks Send Tweets To Swimmers

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  • Wow... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TWX (665546) on Friday January 03, 2014 @12:04AM (#45853615)
    ...I saw this on ABC News a few hours ago. Their headline, "Sharks send tweets..." was just as inaccurate as this one.

    The sharks do nothing buy go about their routine. The system monitoring them sends tweets. The system monitoring them doesn't monitor all sharks, it monitors tagged sharks, so the system cannot be relied upon to notify of all sharks, it can only notify for known sharks whose tags still function.

    It's not a bad system, but it's not a sure-fire system either.
  • by Pav (4298) on Friday January 03, 2014 @01:29AM (#45853913)
    How many times do sharks cruise beaches uneventfully? If this is meant to calm the public mind, well, lets just say this has potential to be counterproductive.

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