Lifeguards in Seal Beach, Calif., are using a Phantom drone to spot sharks.
In a demo to the media, the drone spotted 10-12 sharks right off the coast, but they weren’t bothering swimmers, so they kept the beach open.
Chief Lifeguard Joe Bailey says he’s been flying the drone regularly for a month. “It works great,” he said. “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.”
“If we get bigger sharks or we get sharks that are aggressive, we’re actually going to close the water. But 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 said. “That’s why we have it posted just to let people know that they are there.”
Source: KTLA Los Angeles