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The big white shark tracking transmitter was stolen – false positive

In Australia, large white sharks are marked with a surveillance tag that triggers a warning when predatory fish are near the beach. A man on one of the transmitters is said to have played naughty. He has to answer in court.

A man on the west coast Australians A large white shark is said to have stolen the surveillance device and triggered false positives. Police in the town of Albany have charged the 48-year-old with stealing a “sound tracking tag” used to track large white sharks on the beach Wednesday. The offender is due to appear in court on November 4.

Sharks wearing such a surveillance device will trigger an alarm if they swim within the range of specific receiver devices. 34 such receivers have been installed on the coast of the good Australian state to warn citizens of the impending danger at good times. Since the project began, 115 sharks have been identified, including large white sharks measuring 4.1 meters in size.

False alarms were triggered seven times

According to the newspaper “The West Australian”, the man removed the surveillance device when the animal accidentally entered his network. He is said to have thrown the shark back into the water. Between August 13 and September 4, the 48-year-old raised seven false alarms with his secret trophy.

“This is an unmarked large white shark in which we know he is in the Albany Sea,” a Guardian spokesman said. “In addition, false alarms cause unnecessary fear among residents and people who use water.”