Posted: April 19, 2013 | By: Laura Poppick [Wired]
This summer, a new underwater robot will start tracking some of the ocean’s top predators — including great white sharks — to learn more about their habits.
Sharks receive more media attention than the average fish, but marine scientists still don’t know much about how they live. Researchers often rely on anecdotal reports from commercial fishermen to understand the range and behavior of fish. But the shark industry is relatively small, so anecdotal information is scarce.
Biologist Chris Lowe from California State University Long Beach and engineer Chris Clark from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA have been developing a shark-tracking robot for the past three years to learn more about the fishes’ habits.