Sharks in the waters off of Western Australia have joined Twitter. 338 sharks to be exact. Government researchers have tagged these sharks with transmitters which will set off a computer alert when they get within a half mile from a beach, this then triggers an automatic tweet to go out from the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter account. Sounds like a pretty good system!
So what do these tweets say exactly? The tweets advise the size, breed and rough location of the shark within the half mile zone. The researchers have advised that swimmers shouldn’t just rely on Twitter and throw caution to the wind.
There are concerns that these tweets will provide beach goers with a false sense of security, and on the flip side, just because there might be a shark in the area doesn’t mean anyone is in danger. This new push from the government to expand their efforts in keeping the beaches safe comes as a response to the six fatal shark attacks that has taken place in Western Australia in the last 2 years. The most recent was a surfer, Chris Boyd who died after an attack by a great white.
It seems sharks in California are also up on the tech trends of the moment. In late December, a shark photobombed some kids in Manhattan Beach, California.
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A mom was watching her 2 kids surfing, and took some pictures. When she got home, she realized a baby great white had photobombed the picture! Just goes to show how close sharks get to the beach – if only this one had had a Twitter account.