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article imageFollowing recent attacks, Australia wants to track sharks

By Owen Weldon     Sep 30, 2015 in Environment
Sydney - Shark experts have gathered in Australia to discuss new technologies that could help prevent shark attacks on swimmers. This follows a spate of recent shark attacks along the coast of Australia.
The shark summit is taking place in Sydney this week. It follows 13 shark attacks that have occurred this year. That is compared to just three shark attacks in all of 2014.
An electronic repellent system is one of the technologies being considered. The system uses a magnetic field to keep sharks away from the shore. Another technology under consideration is something called the "Clever Buoy," which uses sonar to identify sharks and it alerts lifeguards via text message.
The 70 scientists at the summit will also discuss tracking sharks in real time via cellular data networks and smartphone apps. Many sharks have already been tagged, but authorities still lack the ability to track them in real time.
Although Australia is known for having some of the most venomous snakes and spiders in the world, it seems that shark attacks get the most attention.
Australia has recorded the most fatal shark attacks in the world, which means that it beats out South Africa and the United States.
Experts have suggested a number of reasons why shark attacks are increasing in Australia. Some of the reasons they have suggested includes warmer ocean temperatures, as well as more people swimming in the ocean.
Scientists will continue to discuss a number of technologies at the summit, and eventually the technologies could be trialed in New South Wales' waters. The scientists will then provide advice to the NSW government on additional measures.
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