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1/06/2014

Tweeting sharks forestall 'Jaws'-like doom

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

Who can't relate to the fear of Jaws while in the water? Writing this article was a fun dive into the world of thrillers and technology. 

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Tagged sharks in the seas of Western Australia have taken to tweeting their whereabouts. But swimmers shouldn't toss their caution just because the animals have gotten into social networking.

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Leslie Katz
Published: 02 Jan 2014, CNET

Image via Leeds Student
Aquaphobes still traumatized by "Jaws" can now breathe a little easier.

Government researchers from Western Australia have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters on their bellies. These tagged sharks set off a computer alert when they're about half a mile from the beach, which generates an automatic tweet on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter stream. Tweets include size, breed, and approximate location. [read more]

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