by Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 2 January 2014

With Western Australia being the world’s deadliest place for shark attacks, scientists have taken a modern approach to helping swimmers and surfers avoid these ocean predators. Almost 400 sharks have been outfitted with transmitters that announce their nearby presence via Twitter, specifically on Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s (SLSWA) feed. Basically, it’s Foursquare for sharks.

These transmitters send out the details like size, breed, and approximate location. Hopefully, all 15,000 followers of SLSWA will regularly check their feeds before heading out into the water. It’s a win-win solution, where swimmers and surfers will be more informed of impending danger, while shark populations don’t have to be culled. Who says social media is a waste of time?

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