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A new shark detection device, the ‘Clever Buoy’ uses sonar devices to search for large shark sized objects which are greater than 6 ft in length. The Clever Buoy was tested in the Sydney Aquarium and in the Abrolhos Islands with positive results. The Buoy can identify any such large object within 200 feet. Once the large object is located, on shore lifeguards are notified through signals sent from the Buoy. The data can also be shared with select people using technology like google circle. The Clever Buoy Website explains that the device is programmed to look for sharks, and to be able to distinguish sharks from dolphins or other sea life through focusing on sharks distinctive sonar radar and swimming patterns. Hamish Jolly, director of the Company, compares the product to ‘face recognization techonology’ with the buoy being ‘taught’ to look for specific qualities present in sharks. The product can help alert lifeguards and warn beach goers of any nearby sharks, but it can also aid in shark conservation, by hopefully reducing the need for the use of nets and shark culling. MORE

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