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Thursday, July 24, 2003

Robot shark gives aquarium a buzz

The robot shark is operated by remote control
The world's only robotic swimming shark is moving into an aquarium in Devon, along with four live sharks.

The two metre (6 ft 6 in) long creature, called Roboshark2, will spend up to three years alongside sand tiger sharks at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

Modelled on the Pacific Grey reef shark, the robot swims using a combination of sensors and thrusters.

Aquarium staff will monitor the sharks' reaction to their robotic companion to learn more about their behaviour and intelligence.