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By Scott Campbell

 WasteShark hunts down plastic, algae and weeds


At the end of last week, a whale shark caused quite a stir over in Abu Dhabi after swimming near to the popular Al Bahar beach.

But it turns out that there’s also a shark in the Dubai Marina – only this one is a robot. And luckily it only eats rubbish.

The clever machine hunts down plastic, algae and weeds before gobbling it up in a bid to keep the water clean.

WasteShark is 1.5 metres long and travels at 10 kilometres per hour carrying a cage that can hold as much as 350kg of rubbish.

Once it’s full, it then swims towards the shore to be emptied before starting all over again.

The green robot, which is operating in partnership with Dubai Marina Yacht Club, can run 24 hours per day and is even capable of collecting oil from the surface of the water.

Dana Liparts of manufacturer EcoCoast said: “It is designed with a low freeboard, so that it can move along boats to clean up waste. It is very versatile.”

It’s just one of the many ways that Dubai is becoming a true city of the future – with self-driving cars on the roads, lightning fast travel systems and a whole host of smart technology.

We’re going to need a bigger boat.

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