Electronic Tags & Drones Collect New Data on Blue Whales and Humpback Whales

    Scientists collect data on the swimming habits of blue whales and humpback whales in the wild using drones and electronic tags. Researchers from Saint Louis University, Stanford University and West Chester University unite on expeditions to collect data. Digital tags measure speeds and accelerations performed by whales, as well as record video of the maneuvers and feeding. Computational fluid dynamics simulations help scientists study biomechanics of swimming as whales capture prey, avoid predators and obstacles, and compete for mates. The data is used to develop new software for whale research. (Cade et al., 2016, Kinematic diversity in rorqual whale feeding mechanisms, Current Biology) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27666966

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