Bicontinental Research Team Looks to Drones to Study Whale Behavior

Washington state’s Center for Whale Research (CWR) is teaming up with the University of York and University of Exeter in the U.K. to study how drones could help understand killer whale behavior and eventually help protect the species. Using unmanned aircraft, the researchers plan to collect new data about how whales interact. In turn, the research team says, the information will allow them to understand which social behavior helps whale reproductive success. In addition, the University of Exeter has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support the work. “The killer whales that we work on...

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