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Friday, August 17, 2012

Shark-Tracking Robot Hits The Ocean Waves

Scientists in America have launched a floating robot that will track the movements of great white sharks.

The self-propelled Wave Glider will relay a live feed of the migration of the animals to anybody with a smartphone app called Shark Net.

The three-metre long solar-powered robot will cruise the Pacific Ocean around San Francisco, relaying signals from tags that have been fixed to sharks and other marine creatures.

More than 4,300 Pacific predators have been tagged, including sharks, tunas, whales, seals, turtles and seabirds, as part of a conservation programme called Blue Serengeti.

Barbara Block, professor of marine sciences at Stanford University, said the robot, and a network of fixed buoys in the area, act as "ocean WiFi hotspots" to detect any tags within 350 metres. Read More