The temperatures are starting to climb, which means people will be frequenting the many beaches that line the United States in an attempt to cool off during the dog days of summer.
There has always been a hidden danger lurking in those warm, salty waters, though. Just below the surface of the water is a predator that has enough power to remind man that he is not at the top of the food chain.
Now, with new technologies emerging every day, one of the surprising ways technology is helping to detect and locate sharks is with the use of drones.
Lifeguards have reported that this new technology is working really well. Finding one shark, which used to take them two or more hours, now takes about 20 minutes. The drone can go up about 100 feet in the air, and when the lifeguard using the drone sees something suspicious, he can zoom in on the figure to determine what it is, as well as its size.
The findings have been chilling, though. What the lifeguards have been finding is enough to make tourists and locals alike rethink getting in the water.
Chief Joe Bailey, a Seal Beach, Calif., lifeguard, said that within minutes of deploying the new drone, they spotted 10 to 12 sharks in the area. So far, the sharks have been ranging from 5- to 6-feet long. These are considered juvenile sharks, and they are just doing normal shark stuff, like eating bottom fish.
Most of the sharks have been smaller, and most of them have been seen 200 or more feet out in the ocean. However, a young shark was seen in waist-high water at Surfside Beach in California Monday. The drone was responsible for locating it.
The beaches have remained open; however, signs have been posted that there have been shark sightings in the area, and all water lovers should enter at their own risk.
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