It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
RoboSalmon, an underwater robot meant to spy on the real fish,
is being developed at Glasgow University.
RoboSalmon has a built-in camera to broadcast images of real
fish back to the operators of the device.
Zoologists will use RoboSalmon to monitor various fish species
in their natural habitat.
A key feature of RoboSalmon is its propulsion system.
Since the robot will use its fins and tail for movement, it will be
able to move through the water in a way that is more natural
for aquatic creatures.
Propellers make an unnatural noise that disturbs fish;
RoboSalmon's biomimetic characteristics should help it blend in.
Robot evolution (biomimetic or not) does not follow the course
of natural evolution.
It turns out the the RoboSalmon is a direct descendant of the
SHARC (Submersible Hybrid Autonomous Rover Craft).
The SHARC was also designed as a biomimetic system, using its
tail to move around.