Robotic Jellyfish Could Monitor Coral Reefs

Robotic Jellyfish Could Monitor Coral Reefs
Robotic jellyfish able to easily navigate marine environments could one day help monitor and protect coral reefs.

As coral reef health continues to decline, researchers are looking for more ways to study the unique environment. To that end, a team of scientists from Florida Atlantic University and the Navy created a soft, underwater robot that propels itself similarly to the jellyfish—with jet propulsion. According to the team, the jellyfish-inspired design allows for highly efficient movement that would extend battery life for more extensive missions, while the bot’s soft tentacles are much safer near coral then standard propellers.

Robotic Jellyfish Could Monitor Coral Reefs

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