Safer, Non-Invasive Shark Detection Technology

Written by on May 28, 2014 in Sharks, Technology
Great white shark.

Great white shark. Photo credit: Michael Heilemann via photopin cc.

The new “Clever Buoy” will improve shark defense methods in Australia, making beaches safer than ever.

Optus and Shark Attack Mitigation Systems have partnered to develop reliable and cost-effective shark detection technology that could one day replace current defense methods in Australia.

The “Clever Buoy” buoy provides real-time information in a non-invasive way by using sonar to detect shark-sized objects and relaying the signals to lifeguards on the beach.

The project is still in early stages, with a focus on testing the feasibility of the system, but it will act as a starting point for the future development of Clever Buoys that could be deployed around the world. So far, the buoys have been able to successfully detect sharks in the Sydney Aquarium and the Abrolhos Islands. The goal is to have them available for commercial purchase by mid-2015.

“The reality is, there currently isn’t one perfect shark detection system,” Hamish Jolly, Director of Shark Mitigation Systems explained in a news release. “We wanted to develop a non-invasive shark-detection solution to improve our capacity to detect sharks off beaches which could be a big step in improving beach safety.”

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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