OTIS being loaded aboard a research vessel
OTIS is checked over at the University of Delaware
OTIS enters the water
Graduate student Matt Breece with a recently tagged female Atlantic sturgeon off the coast of Delaware (Activities authorized under NMFS Permit No. 16507-01)
Prof. Matthew Oliver (left) and students plan the OTIS mission
The OTIS glider and an Atlantic sturgeon, which is about to be tagged and released (Activities authorized under NMFS Permit No. 16507-01)
The Atlantic sturgeon, which is one of the world’s oldest species of fish, can live up to 60 years, reaching a length of of 15 feet (4.6 meters) and a weight of over 800 pounds (360 kg). It’s also endangered, due to past overfishing for its caviar. In order to protect the sturgeon that are left, it’s important to keep fishermen from catching them accidentally. That’s why researchers at the University of Delaware and Delaware State University are calling upon satellites, and an underwater robot known as OTIS.
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