Cal­i­for­nia us­ing Aussie shark de­tec­tion tech

Shepparton News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

An Aus­tralian com­pany’s shark de­tec­tion tech­nol­ogy has been se­lected for a pi­lot pro­gram aimed at keep­ing swim­mers and surfers safe at some of Cal­i­for­nia’s iconic beaches.

Fre­man­tle-based Smart Marine Sys­tems de­ployed its Clever Buoy Tech­nol­ogy at New­port Beach’s Bal­boa Beach Pier this week.

The sonar-equipped buoy, part of a 60-day pi­lot pro­gram, alerts life­guards to sharks through an app.

A triath­lete was lucky to sur­vive a great white shark at­tack while swim­ming 140 m off a nearby beach in 2016 and last month a 13-year-old boy was crit­i­cally in­jured by a great white while div­ing for lob­sters at an­other south­ern Cal­i­for­nia beach.

Pic­ture: Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel via AP

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