UAV Flies Over California Shore to Check for Sharks

UAV Flies Over California Shore to Check for SharksAn unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being used to scout for sharks swimming close to the shore of a California beach.

According to a report from CBS Los Angeles, for a month now, a lifeguard at Orange County's Seal Beach has been flying the UAV roughly 100 feet above the ocean, watching for shadows and then flying the aircraft closer to get a better view of what could be a shark.

The drone – which, according to the report’s video, is the new DJI Phantom 3 – has helped to spot around a dozen sharks in only 10 minutes of flight time. Then, the lifeguards can warn swimmers of the creatures – which, due to their behavior, however, have not been identified as a threat to humans.

The full CBS Los Angeles coverage can be found here.


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