Underwater drones are used to search for great white sharks.

Photos of ceramics, and article interpretation by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA.  If you enjoyed this post, then give me a “like” on my Facebook page.      There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.


The Published News Article


Searching for great white sharks with underwater robots

A large slick of blood bloomed on the ocean’s surface, just off the southern coast of California’s Farallon Islands. Marine biologist David McGuire pointed to little yellow beads of fat amid the swirling crimson, “It’s a seal.”

Shark biologists can do their jobs more efficiently if the find the sharks with as little search time as possible.  In this article the site is the waters of Farallon Islands off of San Francisco where cold water, dangerous currents, maze of shipwrecks, and hungry sharks prevent longer term observation of the great white sharks.  Because chumming is not permitted off the island, underwater drones can be a great tool to count and study great white sharks.  Without such observations it would be difficult to measure the effectiveness of the conservation efforts.

Beachfront Pottery Pieces

Feeding Frenzy II” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL
“Unsheltered Great White Shark I” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL


In the past few years  I’ve made several ceramic pieces that hint at the private nature of great white sharks.







“Shark Attack II” by Robert Kokenyesi
“A Hint of a Shark II” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL


At times it can be very hard to locate a great white shark, and then they surprise you from out of nowhere.



Then there are the shrk whisperers, who can find a shark and attract it.  This latest bowl is one of those shark whisperers.  A potential substitute for those underwater drones.

“Shark Whisperer Bowl” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL
“Shark Whisperer Bowl” by Robert Kokenyesi, Godfrey, IL










Inspiration for Future Pieces

For future shark whisperer pieces I can see the basic design extended to a better curving and deeper bowl, platters, candles and sculptures. In the next two posts you see how well this piece was received in an exhibit, and then there is the construction post coming up after that.


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