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The Murcian company Nido Robotics develops a special vehicle to transport hatchlings to great depths (Photo: YouTube)

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Madrid, Aug 19 (EFE) .- An underwater drone, developed by the Spanish company Nido Robotic, has allowed the transport of red-shark pups "to great depths" in the waters of Cartagena, after the Oceanogràfic Foundation obtained them from the "fishing of discard. "
 
This is a "pilot test to be able to release deep-sea sharks in the future," which are those that live from two hundred meters, a distance that can not be reached with divers, the CEO explained to Efe of the company, Roy Torgersen.
 
After having made the release a year ago in Valencia and Xàbia for the first time in Spain, the Murcian coast has been the place chosen to return the young to the water, being "an area with similar conditions to the habitat of the Mediterranean shark".
 
According to Torgesen, the Oceanogràfic Foundation has an agreement with the fishermen to "get the shark roe that get entangled during the accidental capture", and thus make them hatch, in a period of 3 to 6 months.
 
When the young are born they are transported to their habitat, "but a year ago it was very difficult to access the great depth necessary for the release of the species."
 
For this reason, this year the Foundation has had the latest technology from the Murcian company, where a cage has been installed in one of the underwater drones.
 
The vehicle is equipped with a video camera, "which made it possible to control that the cage remained in good condition," said the director.

YouTube video: Official Oceanogràfic Valencia | The Oceanogràfic Foundation releases sharks in Cartagena with the help of an underwater robot

In addition, the drone was monitored with a depth sensor "ensuring that animals were released at the desired location."
 
For Torgersen, the issue of shark protection is a "serious problem that humanity has", since these sharks are "totally essential for the marine ecosystem and therefore for humans."
 
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The underwater drone with which you can carry out inspection, maintenance and research work. The latest generation engineering with which it has been built allows it to reach depths of up to 300m and record images in real time thanks to its integrated Full HD camera.(Photo: Nido Robotics)
 
One of the main threats to these elasmobranch animals is overfishing and "in Spain this factor is one of the main problems," the executive director has warned EFEverde.
 
 
YouTube video:  Nido Robotics  | Nido Robotics Oceano Azul
 
Underwater robotics "has been around since the 1960s, especially in the military area" and in the oil and gas exploitation sector, but Torgersen confesses that "it has rarely been within the reach of institutions."
 
Nido Robotics is part of the acceleration program of the European RobotUnion commission, together with its partner Mobile World Capital Barcelona. EFE
 
Source: Juanjo Cordero / lavanguardia.com


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