AI helping beachgoers and sharks live in harmony on the CA coast (

Warmer waters off the California coast are encouraging more great white sharks to visit the shores, leaving marine biologists scrambling to understand the shifting behavior and protect both sharks and beachgoers.

To help solve the dilemma, Douglas J. McCauley, marine biology professor and director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative at UC Santa Barbara, turned to artificial intelligence. His lab’s new AI system, called SharkEye, uses a drone to scan large areas of the California coast and then sends out alert texts to a chain of 36 critical responders when a great white is spotted. These 36 people include lifeguards, surf camp instructors, and beachside homeowners. The technology is currently being tested on Santa Barbara’s local Padaro Beach.

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