The way drones are used is changing rapidly between the uplifting (humanitarian aid!) And the depressing (air strikes!). Fortunately, this story is in the previous camp.
People at – deep breathing here – the National Maritime Shrine (wow) and Oceans Unmanned (that's better) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), use drones to help save whales. Good news.
Unless you are Icelandic maybe.
Deeply involved in this project is Ed Lyman, the man with the best job title in the world: great whale tangle response coordinator. He fulfilled this role for NOAA and has been working in this field for 25 years.
He explains that many whales get entangled in fishing gear, which can seriously injure them and cause death regularly. These animals – which are about 45 feet long and weigh 40 tons (exactly like your mom) – are far from easy to get out of these situations. The work can be dangerous and is incredibly heavy for the whales and the people involved.
This is where Oceans Unmanned intervenes. The non-profit organization – founded by Matt Pickett five years ago – began helping by bringing in drones. In a pleasant way.
The technology allows respondents to assess the status and status of the whale in question, that is, when it approaches the animal, it is just for the release, thus reducing the danger to the crew and the creature.
What I like about this project is that it is happening right now. Whales are saved as you read this. With the dreadful reputation of drones, it's nice to see them used to save lives, rather than killing them.
I hope everyone at NOAA and Oceans Unmanned is having fun with this project.
I'm in such a good mood, I'm not sorry for the pun.