Drones Offer Ability to Find, ID and Count Marine Megafauna

Enie Hensel with a drone at a research site in The Bahamas. Photo credit: Duncan Brake.

For Immediate Release

Enie Hensel

Matt Shipman

New research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that consumer-grade drones are effective tools for monitoring marine species across multiple sites in the wild. The work shows that the technology can be a valuable platform for scientists and conservationists interested in studying populations of sharks, rays, sea turtles and other marine megafauna.

Former NC State undergrad Stephanie Wenclawski positions decoy sharks at a study site. Photo credit: Enie Hensel.

“We found that drones can be used to count and make species-level identifications of marine species,

... read more at: https://news.ncsu.edu/2018/11/drones-marine-megafauna/