Stanford Researchers Use WiFi To Detect Great White Shark

A floating WiFi network found a great white shark.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Aug 17, 2012  |  Updated 11:10 AM PDT
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Great White Sharks

A floating Wi-Fi island in the Pacific Ocean has detected a great white shark -- and users can see how it all goes down with a cool iPad app.

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If only Amity Island and Captain Quint lived in the digital era "Jaws" wouldn't have been such a surprise.

A wireless "ocean-based network," part of Stanford University's Blue Serengeti Initiative, has detected a Great White shark, according to reports.

The sea predator, an 18-foot long female, was seen via the solar-powered robot, data receivers, fixed buoys and acoustic tags on sharks that make up Stanford's aquatic WiFi animal detection system, according to Discovery News.

The ocean-based discovery network is currently small, running from Monterey Bay to Tomales Point. It could, potentially, encompass much of the known ocean, according to Barbara Block, a Stanford University professor of marine sciences biology who directs the initiative.

She envisions a "wired ocean," according to reports, where WiFi hotspots around the world are moored to buoys and are connected to floating robots, who take note of the patterns of marine life.

You can use an app called "SharkNet" -- available on your iTunes store -- to be alerted whenever a buoy detects another man-eater.

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