A drone designed to collect whale snot for research in Alaska

To promote the overall health of the whales, a new series of drones has been designed to collect the whale snot by swooping into their watersprouts. The drone, Parley SnotBot is made to hover over the whales by an ocean activist group, Parley. During one of their expeditions in Alaska, the research team of the ocean activist group had collected the mucus of the whales that has been blown out by the animal.

As per the statement of one of the researchers of the team, the mucus blown out by the whales are very much essential for research purposes and priceless as the mucus contains information regarding the sex of the animal, their DNA, their level of stress and it also ascertains whether the animal is pregnant or not.

This drone has enabled the group to collect information that gives them a brief overview of the health of the animal and carry out necessary steps in case of emergencies. Keeping in view the high-level of pollution that the water bodies are being subjected to and their effect on these animals the ocean activities group decided to design this drone that allows them to collect information about the animal from a remotely safe distance without disturbing their natural habitat.

The data collected by the group through the drones allows them to study and understand the whales more comprehensively.  The ocean activists group, Parley has designed another drone project EarBot that is used to study the whales acoustically. The EarBot has been made by using waterproof technology so as to send it underwater to get more specific data. The Earbot captures the sound of the whales that it releases underwater. After capturing the sound released by the whale, the drone EarBot then transmits it back to the researchers.

The ocean activists are of the view that this information helps them in as to how life in both sea and land co-exist.