Sharks on Twitter!

By Francis Yupangco 8 years agoNo Comments

Shark attacks seem to be increasing in recent years, and although the number are minuscule compared to the millions swimming in beaches everyday, attacks still pose a valid concern for swimmers.

However, with the help of Twitter, researchers in Western Australia are trying to give swimmers a heads up on the location of sharks by tagging over 300 sharks with transmitters. Receivers for the transmitters are then placed under water which keep an eye out for where the sharks are and send tweets when they get too close. Specifically, when a shark comes within a kilometer of the shore line in various spots in Western Australia, the receivers will detect the sharks fitted with transmitters and will send out a tweet under the @SLSWA Twitter account — Surf Life Saving WA. Those who follow the Twitter account will then be able to see when a shark is nearby, as well what kind of shark it is and the time it was detected.

If shark activity seems too high in one area, but another section of the beach hasn’t seen any activity for a while, beach goers are able to make a better decision about where it is potentially safer to swim or surf — a method that is near instant, rather than posted warnings and other manual means of advisement.
The tagged sharks are also being used to gather data concerning patterns of shark movement, potentially leading to additional uses farther on down the road.

  Conservation, Equipment, Fish, Science

 Francis Yupangco

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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