When bodysurfing with my handplanes or catching waves on my little wooden paipos (bellyboards) i spend more time in the water than on the water.
I am right at the water level and can basically see nothing around me.
Lately i have been playing around with Stand up Paddle boards and have been blown away by the amount of wild life i have been able to spot from this elevated vantage point.
Drones take this to a whole new level as seen in this clip shot above Pismo Beach in California.
It shows a large shark going about its business
completely disinterested in the dangling legs of the many surfers in the water.
At one point it appears to change direction in order to go around one surfer until the guy catches a wave and the shark once again changes direction and continues its original course along the surf line.
These are exciting times with the New South Wales government looking at the use of drones and other light aircraft along with emerging technologies that can reduce human error and spot sharks in low visibility or from great distances.
Meanwhile north of the boarder Queensland fisheries continue to bait their hooks and tend their nets in order to indiscriminately kill marine life along the Queensland coast.
For information on the government funded Shark Cull that is occurring in Queensland right now,visit www.sharkfilesqueensland.org
To get more information on unmanned drones detecting sharks visit
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It is time Queensland caught up with the rest of the world and moved into the 21st century with regards to reducing peoples risk when entering the ocean.