I’ve written about using drones to monitor whales (Dana Wharf and NOAA), but now lifeguards are using a drone to monitor their beach for sharks. In the video below, Chief Joe Bailey describes how lifeguards at Seal Beach, California are using a drone to monitor for sharks. They will fly over the water at about 100 feet and can readily identify if sharks are near the beach. They even saw a juvenile shark in waist deep-water, but will allow the beach to remain open unless larger or aggressive sharks are coming into shallow water.
Lifeguards in Chile are testing UAS for lifesaving, but this is the first instance I’ve seen in the U.S. With the recent shark attacks in North Carolina, the drone news has gone viral. I hope this will help spread the news about a beneficial use of UAS.
Headline photo courtesy of www.sealbeachusa.com.