Scientists use drones to collect whale mucus for biological research purposes

Whale research is difficult, but a conservation organization is trying to make it a bit easier with drones.


Scientists use drones to collect whale mucus.
Scientists use drones to collect whale mucus.

A drone that collects whale mucus? in reality this invention could bring a number of benefits for the study of marine fauna.

small drones that can collect samples of the whales safely and without disturbing them flying over the whales at a great distance and practically without generating noise. 

Believe it or not, the exhalation of the whale, or its mucus, contains a series of very valuable biological data. 

We fly these drones over the whales, and the whales exhale several times. 

And in reality what we manage to collect are samples that contain information on DNA, viruses, bacteria, stress hormones, pregnancy hormones and all this without the cost of a large expedition, ” said Ocean Alliance president Ian Kerr.

By exhaling through their nostril (spiracle), whales not only expel water, but also a mucous composition of mucus water and tissues that help scientists gather information about their mood and state of health. 

To obtain samples of this mucosa until now, scientists had to travel in boats next to the whales and extend a stick 3 meters long to obtain it.

This drone could end these invasive experiments and get more information and in a simpler way. 

You could also record with more reliable results your normal behaviors in your natural environment, all this in a much cheaper way

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