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BY CHARLES M. KELLY ence their migration patterns," said a Mudd College press release. Scientists are using robots to Lowe said that one of the things study sharks. California State Uni- the team wanted to learn last July versity, Long Beach's Chris Lowe, was whether the leopard sharks a marine biologist, is working with would react to the presence of the Harvey Mudd College's computer robots--which operate from a dis- scientist Chris Clark and other sci- tance of about 100 yards. "It looks entists to use so-called"autonomous like it didn't have any effect on underwater vehicles;' meaning sub- their behavior at all," Lowe said. mersible robots, to study sharks. The robots can measure ocean The team studied leopard conditions while following the sharks off Catalina Island this past sharks. Human scientists have to summer. "I've done a lot of work stop the boat they are on in or- in Catalina fol: 20 years," Lowe der to measure water conditions. told the Islander. "They '(the robots) Can basically He said he knew this was a place " chew gum and swim at the same where he can find leopard sharks, time," Lowe said. The robots are The robots "listen" to transmis- programmed with instructions and sions from tags placed on sharks' then, released into the ocean. bodies by scientists. For now, scientists follow the "The new shark trRcking" tech- robots. However, Lowe said that nology allows scientists to. follow eventually the team wants to drop sharks across longer distances and them in the water and pick them for longer time periods of time, as up when they come to the surface, well as report on the sharks' en- The robots will be programmed vironment, providing information to call scientits' cell phones when about the factors that may influ- they are ready to be retrieved. ABOVE AND RIGHT: That's not a torpedo, that's a shark- tracking robot. Scien.tists from California State University, Long Beach; CalPoly San Luis Obispo, Harvey Mudd College and others use the machines to study sharks. Courtesy photo TOP: Scientists tag sharks such as this leopard shark caught off Long Beach, then use robots-"autonomous under water vehicles"-to follow them. Scientists from California State University Long Beach used the photos to track leopard sharks off Catalina this past summer. Courtesy photos SINGING WATERS [ CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING THE CHURCH, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATAUNA AVE THURSDAY GATHERING 7PM C C From page 1 the "Hold Fast Hideaway," where participants can rest their pirate's "booty" and enjoy some special Sailor Jerry's grog and extra bar- tender attention. This year's event will include live bands on all four days, as well as a disc jockey in between shows. The Pirate Village will encompass the Harbor Reef deck as well as the plaza below. Between treasure hunts and costume contests, there, is the VIP "Captain's Quarters" with a clean, comfortable grass area with a pri- vate restroom and bartender. Sailor Jerry representatives will be in the "Captain's Quarters" as well. This year also includes pre-sale for VIP passes, weekend passes, and po- tential transportation to and from Avalon. During Buccaneers Days, it is highly recommended that boaters reserve moorings in advance. Oth- erwise, cross-channel transporta: tion is available from San Pedro and Avalon on the Catalina 'Express or take a wild ride through Catalina's rugged interior on the Catalina Ex- peditions Safari Bus from Avalon for $32 per person ($26 for chil- dren) each way. The Island Com- pany is exploring other transporta- tion options to and from Avalon, in order to make the event available to those who live in or visit Avalon, For more information, visit www. THE ATAUNA ISLANDER : l jey our Hog Ro, st dinner menu - ofosr f LIC #738968 iBiBil=-Clmmcm- GENERATOR SALES & INSTALLATION t t Tm t AVALON 310-510-9239 OFFICE 310-829-5007 CITY OF AVALON FINANCE DEPARTMENT IS NOW DEVELOPING A HIRING LIST FOR THE POSITION OF EQUIPMENT MECHANIC SCOPE: Under general supervision, inspects, troubleshoots, diagno- ses, and repairs a variety of vehicles and heavy equipment; maintains and orders necessary inventories of equipment, shop supplies, parts, and materials; performs other related duties as required. The Equip- ment Mechanic is the journey level class responsible for a variety of mechanical, electrical and hydraulic maintenance and repair on City owned power equipment. HOW TO APPLY: Applications may be obtained from the Finance Department at Avalon City Hall. All applications must be turned in by Monday, October 22, by 4:00 p.m. All applications should show educations and experience relevant to the position, incomplete ap- plications will be rejected. SEI'ECTION PROCEDURE: Applicants will be screened and those . candidates possessing the most relevant experience will be invited to participate in an oral interview. City of Avalon is an equal opportunity employer. Range 28: Step 1 $23.563, Step 5 $28.641 October 5 2012 i S