In an attempt to further catalogue and research these gentle giants of the sea, marine biologist have employed a new way of speeding up their research. With the aid of some state-of-the-art hovering drones, biologists take animal photo hobby to a whole new level. Biologists use drones to study whales in order to see how they are faring in different habitats.
The main issue at hand that prompted the specialists to stage such an intrepid research initiative is to analyze how different key parameters can influence the whale populations. Factors like weather, temperature, geographical positioning and the distribution of food in an area, we’re taken into account by the scientists when they made their projections.
Moreover, marine biologist have taken upon themselves to discover more about their mating rituals, dietary requirements (calculated in the amount of salmon consumed during a year’s period) and rate of growth.
Recently, a joint operation between the NOAA Fisheries and the Vancouver Aquarium, returned with some stunning pictures takes from a pack of killer whales. John Durban, a marine biologist, helped them in order to analyze and draw some conclusions from the photos taken with the help of a military drone. To their surprise, the pictures taken depicted a young killer whale, than came slowly from behind its mother in order to nurse its newborn.
Another drone, hovering over the San Juan Island took images of a group of 81 orca whales. Being an endangered species, the researchers point out that it is their job to keep a close tab on them and monitor their evolution. Apparently, this has been a good year for the whales, as biologists counted 5 new calves born to the large family over the last 12 months.Biologists use drones to study whales in order to see if they can further improve their life.
Adapted military drones helped the scientist a lot in tracking wildlife activity all over the world. Recently, a similar craft hovered over the icy caps of Antarctica in order to count the number of penguins and seals and stellar sea lions. Drones have proven to be very useful in observing wildlife because they can access high places, otherwise inaccessible by common means, they have a high autonomy, they do not disturb or pose any treat to wildlife and they can take high quality images.
Regarding their research on the group of whales, it is noteworthy to mention that the researchers kept their drone at approximately 90 feet above the roaming whales in order to avoid disturbing them.
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