Safe from sharks!

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page



On a stretch of beach in Australia, shark-spotting drones are protecting beachgoers.

After recent attacks from sharks in New South Wales [NSW], the government of NSW are launching a trial, so the shark spotting drones can show people what they can do.

The drones will be fitted with GPS co-ordinates, so that they can send images back to operators.

“There is no easy way to reduce risks for swimmers and surfers,” NSW minister for primary industries, Niall Blair said in a statement.

4“We are delivering on a commitment to test the best science available, including new technologies, as we try to find a long term-term solution to keep our beaches safe,” he said.

The first field test will be held at Coffs Harbour, which is in NSW, near were an unfortunate surfer was savaged to death in February of this year.

They have also put up drum lines to trap the sharks before they get to the beach.

Mr Blair said they were more humane than lines used to catch sharks in other states such as Western Australia and Queensland.

Experts from all over Australia came together to talk about other ways to prevent attacks.

“This almost seems to have been plucked from the sky, the trial,” said shadow primary industries minister Mick Veitch – who is less than impressed with this idea.

So the people of NSW are safe, for now, while the government find a long-term solution.




Louis, YJA Nature Correspondent (Primary)

Year 6 at Heighington Millfield Primary Academy








3 Responses to Safe from sharks!

  1. Ruby December 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    WOW, I love the article, the drone GPS idea is really cool.

  2. Casey December 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    A well written article Louis.!very interesting.

  3. Laura January 7, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Fantastic article Louis!