Google Protects Cables From Shark Attacks

Author James Mash 19.8.2014. | 11:14

Some of you maybe fans of shark week, but did you know that sharks like to take bites out of the underwater cables that connect the world to internet. Google is deciding to reinforce their fibre optic cables with protective matting. Nobody is quite sure why the sharks are biting these cables. Some have suggested they are attracted by the electromagnetic signals given off by the line which resembles the field created by fish. Other people think that the sharks are trying to protect our privacy from the NSA, maybe the sharks are supporters of Edward Snowden.

 

Great White shark, Mexico

 

There is an estimated 100,000 miles of fibre optic cables that Google owns so it isn’t going to be the simplest of tasks. As fibre optic cables are made of strands of glass, they don’t do as well as slower copper cables when encountering a shark and therefore more vulnerable to damage. Google have plans to build a trans-Pacific cable network to connect the United States and Japan, hopefully Jaws doesn’t see this as an opportunity to cut the backbone of the internet in one forceful bite.

 

 

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Author James Mash 19.8.2014. | 11:14
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