Australia gives sharks a voice through Twitter
Our friends down under have come up with a genius way to prevent shark attacks and help save lives.
The Australian government has given the sharks a voice via Twitter. According to NPR, "government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark's size, breed and approximate location."
Since 2011, Australia has had more fatal shark attacks than anywhere else in the world with six fatalities in the past two years. Tagging and tracking serves as an efficient warning system for beach goers, just be sure to follow the Twitter page. However, user beware! Not all sharks are tagged, leaving swimmers to always err on the side of caution.
In the wake of several gruesome shark attacks along the Carolinas, the idea of tagging and monitoring these creatures worldwide seems like a good one — maybe one day.
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