Flying Drone Captures Groundbreaking Killer Whale Video Footage in British Columbia

October 20, 2014 9:59 AM

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Flying Drone Captures Groundbreaking Killer Whale Video Footage in British Columbia

Researchers from Vancouver Aquarium and Canada's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Fisheries department have used flying drones to capture incredibly rare footage of killer whales in the first known use of this technology for whale marine conservation research.

Marine biologists studying killer whales (also known as orca whales) usually have to use helicopters and fly over the water to take measurements of the width-to-length ratio of the whales in order to figure out which whales are sickly and malnourished, and which are healthy or even pregnant.

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