Gallery: Droning for the Planet: How Conservationists Use Drones to Pro...

Sperm whale researchers in New Zealand are using drones to survey whales without bringing large research vessels in close. They can monitor pregnant females, count whales in pods, and they will attempt to zoom down and sample whale spouts for individual whale DNA. Waterproofing and catching a homebound drone by hand in big swells in a small chase boat remains a challenge. The Sea Shepard has been using drones to track the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean and they believe the technology has increased their surveillance capacity considerably.

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