Baby Great White
If you want to know where great white sharks are swimming, write down this Twitter handle: @SLSWA. It stands for Surf Life Saving Western Australia, which follows transmitters that scientists have attached to 320 sharks. The transmitters set off a Tweet when the sharks get within a kilometer of popular beaches, providing an immediate warning to the more than 14,000 followers via smartphone.
And we can think of a few more ways this technology might be beneficial to boaters:
• Tag every boat whose owner has received a BUI citation and have the signal go straight to our autopilot to leave a wide berth.
• Tag the creep who ignores the no-wake zone outside the marina so we can buzz his boat with a rooster tail while he’s at anchor taking a nap.
• Tag our kids’ paddleboards and Wave Runners to alert us if they go beyond a half-mile perimeter around the boat.
• Tag the best stool at the beach bar to alert us about happy hour beginning, so we can tie up for the night with plenty of time to spare.