Gallery: Monitoring Water Pollution With Robotic Fish


Soon, the water in Gijon, a harbor in Northern Spain will be monitored by robotic, battery-powered fish. These mechanical, articulating sea creatures were designed and tested by the Robotics Department at the University of Essex. At a cost of $3.6 million, through a European Union grant, these fish will test the water for oxygen levels, detect oil slicks and other contaminants pumped into the water. This is the first monitoring program of it’s kind, and the retrieved data could be very important, with implications for global warming and the state of our water sources.

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  1. lolojanee May 2, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Dear Bridgette,
    As you said in your report that a new robot fish will be realest in 9 months I\’ve been searching all over the internet for information about it still can\’t find a thing!!
    is the new robot fish developed by ESSEX team as well ?

  2. jonbnh85 July 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    what happens, since it looks and swims so real, if a shark or some other predator eats it? LOL that’d be one of the most expensive fish-dinners on this planet!! But seriously??

  3. k8007 March 31, 2009 at 7:26 am

    I know that this is a very important topic, but $28,000???? for each fish?!? and are they going to put them in every river too? theyre not even solving the problem theyre just telling us how bad it is in certain points. We already know its bad! Could this money not be better spent stopping the cause of the problem in the first place? Like better filtration of waste into the river, or creating technology which not only monitors the CO2 and O2 levels but regulates it also to stop tropification (which causes the delicate river ecosystem of the river to die).

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