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Header shark dronesIt’s 8 a.m. on a sunny 84 degrees Fahrenheit Saturday at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast of southeast Queensland, Australia. Swimmers porpoise through the shimmering water, while farther offshore surfers straddle their boards in anticipation of the next big wave. If anyone is worried about a shark bite, you wouldn’t know it.

“Not really, probably should,” says 18-year-old surfer Jake Hazelwood of Cairns, a city farther to the north. “When you’re out there, you just zone everything else out.”

Image: The government in Queensland, Australia, is testing whether drones can be used to detect sharks near beaches. Larry Pynn