A Southern Cross University PhD applicant Grace Russell is turning to drones to aid evaluate the size and assess the human body conditions of humpback whales along Australia’s east and west coast.
The drones will be utilised to capture vertical photos of the whales from previously mentioned. The photos would be utilised to acquire measurements of the unique classes of whales, such as juveniles, grown ups, expecting whales, lactating whales, and calves.
“I’ll use photogrammetry methods to get morphometric (size and form) measurements and individual human body problem,” Russell stated.
The images would then be utilised to make a range of comparisons, she stated, including analyzing the relationship amongst the whales’ human body problem and the migration time amongst the west and east coast whale populations, and how the unique classes of whales vary amongst northward and southward migrations.
“I am hypothesising that there will be a unique relationship amongst human body problem and migration timing amongst the west and east coast populations,” she stated.
“This is since there are significant feeding possibilities the place humpbacks have been observed feeding in Eden, Tasmania, and New Zealand. What these feeding possibilities indicate for human body problem and migration timing we are not as well positive, but it will be exciting to see the outcomes.”
Examining a whale’s human body problem would also be an additional way to watch the well being of just about every whale and the population level, which could probably give an being familiar with of a whale’s foraging achievement and the relationship amongst reproduction and migration, she included.
“Strengthening our being familiar with of human body problem in free of charge-living whales can guide to improved understanding on reproductive potential, population well being and viability, and being familiar with responses to environmental and anthropogenic improvements. Regardless of its great importance, little data is out there on the relationship amongst humpback migration and human body problem,” Russell stated.
Russell options to start the initially stage of her research on the east coast in early June.
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