USING DRONES TO MONITOR & CAPTURE IMAGES OF KILLER WHALES ACTIVITIES & MOVEMENTS
Researchers from the Vancouver Aquarium and the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have begun using drones to keep tabs on endangered killer whales off the west coast of the continent. The technology is giving the researchers a fresh perspective on the well-being of the animals, and provides yet another example of how UAVs are giving rise to new means of conservation.
Armed with a custom-built marine hexacopter, the researchers were able to monitor the status of the protected Northern Resident killer whales and the endangered Southern Resident species.
The drone tracked the whales from an altitude of 100 ft (30 m), a distance that puts it out of the whale’s earshot, and collected ...Read More