Cape Cod Researchers To Test New Camera That Could Protect Right Whales From Ships

Cape Cod Researchers To Test New Camera That Could Protect Right Whales From Ships

There's new technology that researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod say could protect North Atlantic right whales from being struck by ships — one of the leading causes of death for the critically endangered whales. The system mounts a shoe box-sized thermal camera on a ship and pairs it with an artificial intelligence algorithm. WHOI researchers plan to test out the technology this summer, particularly to determine the accuracy of those identifications. \"The technology is a miniaturized version of a system originally designed to protect whales from underwater noises. Additionally, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, researchers will test how it can be used on ferries.

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