Shark detecting drones are being trialled on beaches in NSW by the Department of Primary Industries and operations conducted by Hover UAV as part of the NSW Government’s $16 million Shark Management Strategy. Here is drone footage collected from September 2016 through January 2017 from the Hover UAV team stationed at Kiama.
With sightings of such fauna as Australian fur seals, eagle rays, bottle nose dolphins and large schools of salmon being predated on by sharks and dolphins, Kiama certainly had a wealth of marine life in its waters.
Kiama was one of the first beaches to be covered by drone patrols for the summer school holidays. Information obtained from real time vision is relayed to authorities should a species of shark considered dangerous be detected. 46 Sharks were sighted from the 5 locations up and down the state with 26 considered potentially dangerous. Expanded helicopter patrols covered the states entire coast. 93,000 kilometres were covered with a total of 525 sharks sighted which led to 78 evacuations.
Hover UAVs Kiama shark detection team also helped in a rescue of 2 swimmers getting in trouble off surf beach. Drone shark patrols were under way when it was noticed that the swimmers were in trouble. Authorities were notified of the situation as the drone kept an eye on the situation until they arrived.
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