Drones battle sharks to keep swimmers safe from attacks

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Drones Battle Sharks to Keep Swimmers Safe from Attacks


(INSIDE EDITION) — It's a whole new way to spot the ocean's scariest creatures -- a shark drone!

Lifeguards at Seal Beach, just south of Los Angeles, are turning to technology to keep swimmers safe.

The Seal Beach lifeguards bought a drone a month ago and it's already proven to be a valuable tool. Within a minute after taking off they spotted multiple sharks off the coast.

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The drone's eye view caught a Great White Shark swimming just 100 yards from the beach in waist deep water. One of the sharks was estimated to be six feet long.

Joe Bailey is the chief lifeguard there, he said, "We know what they are doing. We know their size. We know their behavior. All of those are factors in whether we close the water or we just post warning signs."

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The drone is a welcome tool in the desperate effort to prevent deadly attacks like the ones in North Carolina last weekend when two youngsters, a 12-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy, were attacked on the same beach just 90 minutes apart.

They both lost an arm but they can take heart in the story of Soul Surfer -- Bethany Hamilton. She, too, lost an arm to a shark 12 years ago in Hawaii.

Now, she shared the first picture of her newborn baby boy, you can clearly see the scars left by the shark.

Blessed to welcome our son, Tobias, into the world. Born June 1st, 7.9 lbs. and 21" Long. He is named after his great...

Posted by Bethany Hamilton on Monday, June 15, 2015
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