RanMarine Technology created an aqua drone that was designed to clean waterways, canals, rivers, harbours, and ports by removing floating pollution and biomass. Their design was inspired by the Whale Shark and is aptly named WasteShark. The autonomous surface vessel (ASV) weighs 72 kgs and is 157 cm in length. WasteShark moves through the water at a maximum speed of 3 km/hr and literally gobbles up waste. Moreover, the ASV is able to measure and monitor the quality of water.
It collects data that is geotagged and timestamped to give an accurate picture of the water quality health within an ecosystem. This allows one to accurately monitor the quality of the water to help verify compliance with pollution regulations, identify potential contaminants early to minimize the impact on the environment, and make the water safe.
Sharks literally take care of the oceans and their rapidly declining populations are threatening our very existence on this planet. Without them, the entire seafood chain would collapse. Our very survival depends on sharks surviving and thriving.
How are you contributing to the decline or protection of these precious marine animals?