HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Want to Track Sharks? There's an App for That

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Page 1/4  >  >>
akwaman
User Rank
Gold
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
akwaman   2/18/2013 2:10:41 PM
NO RATINGS
If the International community would take action against whalers and enforce the laws agreed on by the International community, then there would be a lot more whales to see.  Sure, whale cruises where you see no whales.  That has to tell you something.

This is great technology, the tricky part is attaching enough beacons to every shark. A step in the right direction.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
Rob Spiegel   9/20/2012 1:58:13 PM
NO RATINGS
Well, I was ignorant enough not to think there was anything to cause fear. They swam on both sides of the boat for about half an hour. I guess they thought we were part of their pod. I've never seen anything like it. There were big ones and little ones.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
Beth Stackpole   9/20/2012 7:36:54 AM
NO RATINGS
Now that would be incredible, Rob. Consider yourself very lucky to have witnessed something so intense and so special. Ok, and brave as well!

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
Rob Spiegel   9/19/2012 11:26:52 AM
NO RATINGS
That sounds beautiful, Beth, watching the flukes cresting. I didn't know you had to be brave to watch orcas. I spent a week on a sailboat around the San Juan islands a number of years ago. One afternoon a pod of orcas surfaced on both sides of the boat, literally within five feet on either side, about 20 of them. Quite impressive.

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
Beth Stackpole   9/19/2012 7:10:20 AM
NO RATINGS
@Rob: Not brave enough to track Orcas, nor do they habitat where we live. For the last few years, the feeding grounds at Stellwagon and Jeffrey's Ledge off of the Massachusetts shore line have been a treasure trove for seeing humpbacks and finbacks, sometimes sharks and dolphins. We have literally been out there (it's about 25 miles off shore) and see hundreds of flukes cresting (I am not joking). To the point that you almost don't notice any more. The last few years haven't been as active and you have to really seek out where the whales are feeding, hence the need for an app that could take away some of the guess work.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
Charles Murray   9/18/2012 7:08:56 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree, Beth. Whale trackers could use this. I keep hearing stories of people who get on a commercial whale watching excursion and see not a single whale (I heard one of these tales just last week again). If I'm going to get seasick on a whale watching boat, I want to at least see some whales.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
Ann R. Thryft   9/11/2012 12:17:18 PM
NO RATINGS
Rob, that's a good one--a robot having its own show on Animal Planet. Why not?

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
Rob Spiegel   9/10/2012 2:55:26 PM
NO RATINGS
That's funny, Ann. Yet a good point. I'd love to see sea creatures messing with this robot. It might be worth installing a camera on the device to see what it encounters. It could have its own show on Animal Planet. 

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
Ann R. Thryft   9/10/2012 12:42:01 PM
NO RATINGS
Rob, that's my concern. They are quite rugged, as far as ocean conditions go, but I wonder whether they have been designed with manhandling--shark-handling? dolphin-handling?--in mind.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Tracking tagged sharks
Rob Spiegel   9/10/2012 11:51:00 AM
NO RATINGS
Huh. Interesting point, Ann. So the dolphins might play with the floating robots. I wonder how rugged the robots are.

Page 1/4  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
Thanksgiving is a time for family. A time for togetherness. A time for… tech?
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
Researchers have developed a new flexible fabric that integrates both movement and sensors, introducing new potential for technology-embedded clothing and soft robots.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Dec 1 - 5, An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service