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More than 300 Australian sharks are now on Twitter

Western Australia alerts beachgoers to presence of sharks via Twitter
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Western Australia alerts beachgoers to presence of sharks via Twitter

It seems like everyone has a Twitter account these days, right? You can now add 338 sharks in Australia to that growing list.

The government tagged the sharks with acoustic transmitters to track where the animals are, in order to help reduce the number of fatal shark attacks in the country, NPR reports. There have been more fatal shark attacks in Australia than in any other country since 2011, a total of six, making it a real problem that needs to be addressed.

Instead of issuing a warning to bathers of a shark in the water through traditional means, the sharks will ‘tweet’ when they approach within a half-mile of the beach. The transmitters send out information to the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed including the approximate location along with the shark’s size and breed.

“Now it’s instant information,” Chris Peck of Surf Life Saving Western Australia told Sky News. “And really people don’t have an excuse to say we’re not getting the information. It’s about whether you are searching for it and finding it.”

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