Conserving Shark Populations with Drones
Researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are investigating the use of drones to study, detect, and track bonnethead sharks. The primary aim of this research is to study shark ecology and aid conservation of shark species. The researchers are testing how well drones can locate sharks in different habitats and in various water conditions; a job that was previously accomplished using planes. The drones are equipped with cameras which can capture imagery of coastal areas that can be difficult to access. By keeping track of the location of sharks, the drones can also help reduce the incidence of shark bites during beach season. The researchers are currently testing the effectiveness of the drones to determine whether they can be used exclusively to monitor shark activity.