Australian Sharks Tweet Swimmers

Posted January 2, 2014 by Johnny2x in Science


Hey Jersey, you’re sharks don’t tweet do they?

In western Australia the sharks send tweets to swimmers to alert them of being in the area. They also sometimes tweet the latest news on Miley Cyrus or what they had for brunch. If you follow their instagram you can catch some awesome selfies.

Here’s an example of a recent tweet

@BiteyMcGee Just ate a surfer…oh well guess my new years resolution for losing weight will have to wait LOL!

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Known as the Shark Monitoring Network, the system utilizes acoustic tags that are attached to the fins of individual sharks, along with buoyed monitoring devices that pick up the signals transmitted by those tags. When a tagged shark swims within range of one of the monitors, its species, size and location is automatically recorded.

That information is transmitted via satellite to a computer, which immediately posts it on Twitter. A tweet made just today reads, “Fisheries advise: tagged Bronze whaler shark detected at Garden Island (north end) receiver at 08:46:00 PM on 31-Dec-2013.” By contrast, a fair amount of time can elapse between a sighting being made by a person, and that information being manually written up and shared via more traditional media.

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Source: Western Australia Department of Fisheries via Sky News

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