Whales are at huge risk and when caught in lines and netting from fishing boats and marine debris, causing them trauma from lines cutting their flesh and even drowning from restriction of movement. To overcome this situation, Ocean Unmanned came with an idea of introducing drone technology to the field of ocean protection to create better outcomes for whales and those risking their lives to save them.
Ed Lymon, the large whale response coordinator, says, “These whales are big animals, we’re talking 45 feet long, 40 tones, and it’s just not an easy task trying to cut them free.”
“By using drones launched off the response boats or small support vessels we can get a better look at the whales, figure out what’s going on with less risk to both responders and the whales,” said Matt Pickett, President of Oceans Unmanned.
“The drone gives us the assessment, tells us what we need and then when we do make an approach for making it to cut the animal free,” added Lymon.
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