Using Drones to Find Sharks? One Guy’s Story About a Family Day at the Beach


One of the best things about photography is that you never know what you will get..

Photo by Matthew Lowe from Pexels.

A family man on a trip to the beach with his family got some pretty epic shots of sharks but not in the way most of us might think. You see, he was flying a UAV near his family while they waded in the surf.

And that’s when he spotted the ominous shadowy figures with the distinct outline of a shark trailing in the vicinity.

After yelling to get his family out of the water, photographer Dan Watson had a moment to process what happened and review the footage captured by the DJI Mavic 2 drone.

He recounts the story on his Instagram, writing:

“See that dark shadow making its way straight for the shore & those people? That was my view this weekend while flying my Mavic 2 Pro… and oh, 3 of those people are my kids! Swipe to see the next image that resulted from my yelling to get out of the water and the unmistakable outline of a shark. Definitely too close of an encounter for my liking! Thinking my @djiglobal drone is now coming with me to every beach day!!!”

You can view his amazing pictures over on his account page by clicking here.

Naturally, this story is built for viral distribution and it has gone that route since debuting. One thing some people are pointing out is the potential for drones to be used to keep beaches safe for swimmers. Shark attacks aren’t the most common thing in the world but they are devastating and often deadly.

What do you think? Is using a UAV for spotting sharks a good idea or just another intrusion of technology on natural spaces? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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