back to article Surfing ROBO-shark hunter stalks great whites along US coast

A wave-gliding robot has been deployed off the coast of San Francisco to stealthily keep an eye on great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean. The surfbot is part of an arsenal of ocean-tracking tech that's receiving data from acoustic tags on the predators and transmitting it back to shore. Fixed buoys also pick up the sharks' …

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jai
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acoustic tags?

So this is only good as long as all sharks in the area have already been tagged and that their tags are working?

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No,

but they found that the acoustic tags provided smoother, more melodic tracking than the electric ones.

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Coat

Sharks with tags? What are they on ... some sort of ASBO for marine chavs?

Colin

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WTF?

I was going to ask if there was a Blackberry app for this, but then I realised that no self-respecting shark would touch a RIM product.

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Anonymous Coward

There's an old joke in there...

...but you've kinda ruined it :(

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Terminator

How long are they supposed to last?

The designers reckoned that after a few years, they might develop their own emotional responses: hate, love, fear, anger, envy.

- Blade Runner

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Pirate

I call BS!

"...is part of an arsenal of ocean-tracking tech that's receiving data from acoustic tags on the predators and transmitting it back to shore"

don't believe it - it's transmitting instructions to their underwater army of laser-armed sharks!

We are doomed - doomed I tell you!

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Dammit

This article completely fails to be about robo-sharks (laser-equipped or otherwise).

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Anonymous Coward

devolution

So the fanbois are safe but the fandroids are bait? This is terrible: anti-evolution! Future generations are doomed! Which cupertinious fruit-loop corporation sponsored this?!

p.s. we need an icon for fandroids: there are icons for fanbois, windozers, happyfeet, but nothing for fandroids.... come on El Reg!

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Trollface

Re: devolution

It isn't devolution, lets face it the fanbois need this more than the fandroids. Because all of those with an Apple product have already been attacked by a shark. The salesman that sold them their iDevice, this is just so they can potentially spot another shark before it gets too late!!!

p.s. before anybody gets stressy, this is called humour!!

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A wave-gliding robot has been deployed off the coast of San Francisco to stealthily keep an eye on attach lasers to great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean.

FTFY

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bet ya

the thing looks like either a tuna or a seal... ;)

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Pint

How long before...

...some GW Shark gets REALLY PISSED OFF by being tracked...and eats the robot? Hmmm?

Nearly "beer-thirty"...gotta go...

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Devil

Trouble Brewing ...

... if the team leader says 'We're gonna need a bigger buoy!'

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"This place is one of the last wild places left on Earth." ®

Or at least it was until Dr Barbara Block and her henchpersons turned up!

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Surely

they're using fanbuoys ?

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