12 Oct '12, 2pm

Robot sea turtles could help keep the ocean safe and clean

Robot sea turtles could help keep the ocean safe and clean

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Being a turtle is so over, being a robot is so in. If you have SCUBA dived or snorkeled, you have probably been in the presence of the lumbering majesty of a sea turtle. And you probably thought it was great, because seriously, sea turtles? Amazing. And now, great news for ocean life enthusiasts everywhere: We have a whole new kind of sea turtle to love. A robot sea turtle. Right now you’re probably asking, what is the point of a robot sea turtle? After all, regular sea turtles do pretty much nothing, unless you count swimming and slowly and comically ingesting pieces of sea lettuce. Robotic sea turtles, on the other hand, can do all sorts of things. They can find out where a pipeline or a ship hull is damaged. Or the extent of an oil spill, or locate bodies in the wake of a disaster. You may now be asking: Why do we need a mechanical ...

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