Australian trial for speedy rescue of whales

13:21, July 20, 2010      

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Whales trapped in shark nets could be rescued more quickly if a camera trial is successful on the Gold Coast, Australian Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Authorities will trial the use of the Coastalwatch surfcam system, normally used to watch over swimmers, to identify entangled whales at eight beaches.

"If an entanglement is reported, Fisheries officers will be able to remotely access the cameras and zoom in on the shark net to confirm if a whale is entangled," Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Tim Mulherin said in a statement.

Mulherin said more than 13,000 whales were expected to migrate up the Queensland coastline this season.

"In addition to cameras, this migration season we are also trialling new whale alarms, or pingers as they are commonly known, with a longer and louder sound specifically aimed at whales to alert them to the location of shark nets," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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