Quadrocopters to Investigate «Sneezing» Whales

01.06.2016

First time scientists from the Ocean Alliance organization have used an unmanned aircraft not only for the videos and photos of whales, but also for the collecting viscous substance that these huge animals emit during exhalation. Investigating whale «snot», you can get important information about whale DNA, hormone levels and toxins and viruses content in the body.

Quadrocopters to Investigate «Sneezing» Whales

Quadrocopters have greatly facilitated the process of collecting biological material, because now there is no need for a biopsy. The device, which is run in the air for a couple of minutes before whales ascent to the surface has medical sponges, Petri dishes and various grid "on board". Currently, this method is used to study the blue and humpback whales in the Gulf of California.