Dave Fratantoni, a scientist in the WHOI Physical Oceanography Department, does some work on the whale-detecting glider (Photo: Nick Woods, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Chief scientist Mark Baumgartner secures a glider (with its wings removed) after it was recovered from its three-week whale-detecting mission (Photo: Nadine Lysiak, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
One of four North Atlantic right whales identified during the expedition (Photo: Marianna Hagbloom, New England Aquarium)
Every year between November and January, endangered North Atlantic right whales are thought to use an area off the coast of Maine known as the Outer Fall as a breeding ground. They are “thought to” because the ocean conditions at that time of year can make it difficult to locate them. Two autonomous marine robots called gliders have now been used as a real time whale-detection system for researchers and to warn boats in the area to slow down to avoid striking the marine mammals.
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