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Drones for Whale Research

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by InterMurph, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. InterMurph

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    My friend Iain Kerr of the Ocean Alliance is using drones (including the Phantom 2) for whale research.

    They collect whale "blow", which is mostly mucus, and analyze it for the presence of stress hormones. But traditional methods for collecting this actually stress the whales. So now they're using drones to collect it, which involves landing on the water.

    Here's a video:

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl2ezapCGjw[/youtube]
     
  2. Catalina36

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    Next time someone asks you what you are flying, tell them it is not a drone but a research vehicle called a "Snot Pod".
     
  3. OI Photography

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    :lol: "It's a $2000 Kleenex"
     
  4. ProfessorStein

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    Cool!
    Drones were featured pretty heavily during Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" this year, too. Used in research, of course. ;-)
     
  5. jordkl

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    this is amazing. I was looking for a video like this. I'm guessing the data they got from the surrogate suggested that there was minimal disturbance? at least compared to traditional methods. I've been capturing whale stuff but never that close.
     
  6. WetDog

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    My boat gets 'snotted' all of the time when the Humpbacks get close. I've not have my P3 so abused - would prefer not to have it happen as it is smelly and sticky and hard enough to get off the boat, much less a plastic UAV....
     
  7. xgaul

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    Hmm I want a floating drone


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