- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

California lifeguards are using drone technology to spot great white sharks and keep swimmers safe.

“This morning we launched it, and 10 minutes later we knew there were 10 to 12 sharks all in the Surfside [Beach] area,” Seal Beach’s Joe Baily told CBS Los Angeles on Monday.

The chief lifeguard said the drones are used to spot large sharks and those that are aggressive. If a shark behaves strangely, then they prohibit swimmers from entering the water.

“It works great. It flies up about 100 feet, looks down a wide area, and when we see the shadows, we’ll go down and focus in on them,” Mr. Baily told the station. “Right now, we have sharks that are 5 to 6 feet long, non-aggressive, acting like normal sharks, feeding on bottom fish, doing exactly what we would expect them to do,” he added.

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