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Shark Danger? $ 250,000 drone set to secure beaches in Australia

Going forward, a $ 250,000 high-tech drone will monitor the beaches of New South Wales, Australia to keep swimmers and surfers safe. But is there any danger from sharks at all?

The statistics are now well known: the danger from sharks is limited and the chance of dying from a shark attack is roughly one in 3.5 million. The number of shark attacks worldwide can practically be counted on two hands. Significantly more people (and unfortunately also marine animals) die when trying to take selfies with their smartphones, for example. This means that swimmers - and especially divers - are very unlikely to be attacked and killed by a shark, even on the beaches in New South Wales.

Monitoring sharks near the beach doesn't hurt anyone

Nevertheless, it does not hurt anyone if a beach, which is an absolute hotspot for sharks, is monitored and secured from the air. With this in mind, the New South Wales authorities in Australia have announced the imminent launch of a drone project. The flying objects are to be used to view possible shark attacks and to trigger a rescue chain if necessary. In addition, the drone is supposed to provide first aid directly by dropping a rescue kit to water sports enthusiasts in distress.

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Prime Minister Baird: "The Future of Salvation!"

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird has stated that the novel drone is nothing less than "the future of rescue" and has anticipated that every surf club in NSW will have access to the technology in the future will have. Just a few months ago, a surfer was the victim of a shark attack in New South Wales. The "Little Ripper", as the drone built in the United States is called, has the advantage that it can withstand stronger cross winds and is more agile than similar drones. In addition, it is cheaper than a normal helicopter and can fly for up to an hour on one battery charge, said Premier Baird at the presentation of the drone.

Beaches in New South Wales: High tech to protect against shark attacks

The new drone is equipped with the latest technology: it has a high-resolution camera on board that, combined with a highly developed monitoring algorithm, flies over the beaches. With this combination, the drone should be able to detect potential problems of swimmers who are in the shark-frequented waters of New South Wales. In the unlikely event that a shark attack is sighted, a rescue kit with an inflatable boat and transmitter can be thrown down to the victim.

Video: The "Little Ripper" drone is examined

New South Wales: The use of drones is part of a strategy to reduce the potential threat posed by sharks

The acquisition of the drone is part of the 2015 initiative of the Australian state to ensure that sharks can be tracked. In this context, attempts have already been made with other drones that were manufactured exclusively to track sharks as they move through the water. There are also considerations to equip sharks with transmitters in order to be able to track them 24 hours a day, seven days a week and to be able to determine their whereabouts at any time. In any case, the test of the "Little Ripper" drone is positive. After a few shark attacks in recent years, far less animal-friendly approaches had been discussed in order to minimize a possible danger from sharks: the animals should simply be killed. What is very good is that modern technology is being used to combat the conflict between humans and sharks in the waters of New South Wales in an animal-friendly manner. You can look forward to the first flights of the drone!