Drone captures great white shark approaching unsuspecting surfer in Australia
In the final moments of the shark’s approach, it veers off in another direction, leaving the surfer unscathed.
The footage is a part of the government’s AU$16-million project to help detect shark activity and deter attacks on bathers and surfers. The drones are flown 60 metres above the ocean in a four-kilometre circuit, providing real-time information and visuals to analysts. Shark sightings and warnings are then posted to Twitter.
Aerial surveillance is just one part of the government’s five-year “Shark Management Strategy” to “increase protection for bathers from shark interactions while minimizing harm to sharks or other animals.”
Other methods include sonar technology and real-time tracking of tagged sharks.
According to the Taronga Conservation Society, NSW has the most recorded shark attacks across Australia in recent years, with eight non-fatal, unprovoked attacks in 2016 alone.Follow @jennynotjen
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