Drone technology out of Australia could help keep sharks away from swimmers

World first drone technology out of Australia could help keep sharks away from swimmers and surfers.

The eye in the sky is fitted with a SharkSpotter artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can distinguish dolphins from sharks from live video feeds.

"It can detect really accurately the difference between a shark and a dolphin, sharks from so many types of marine life," Professor Michael Blumenstain from the software school at the University of Technology Sydney told Nine News.

The Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone has a 90 per cent accuracy in detecting sharks and improves with the more images it's exposed to.

"Manned aerial flights have less than 20 per cent accuracy, our drones are very efficient, non-evasive and non-destructive," Little Ripper's Eddie Bennet said.