NOAA: Drone Technology Aids Whale Research Off Hawaii
(Click to enlarge) Female sperm whales and their calves swim off the coast of Pinta Island in the Galápagos. (Credit: Flip Nicklen, Minden/Corbis)
Federal researchers returning from a 30-day expedition to study whales and dolphins around the Hawaiian Islands said they are looking for clues to help sustain healthy populations of the marine mammals. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists told reporters Thursday that gathering data on the animals is often difficult, especially around the windward coasts of the Hawaiian Islands.
(From ABC News / by Caleb Jones, Associated Press)– The researchers worked from a large ship, instead of using their normally small survey boats, and explored the coasts of the main Hawaiian Islands where wind conditions and severe weather make it difficult to navigate and remain at sea for extended periods of time. Read the full story »