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Michael Moore

» Aerial Health Assessment

» Management of Stranded Marine Mammals

» Right Whale Necropsy

» Marine Mammal Diving Pathophysiology

» Marine Vertebrate Zoonoses

» Right Whale Collisions

» Right Whale Health


» Sperm Whale Bone Project

» Bone pathology

» Large Whale Restraint

» Tagging Impacts

» Entanglement

» NOAA Prescott

Aerial Health Assessment of Marine Mammals


Wayne Perryman, John Durban and Holly Fearnbach, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, NOAA

Don LeRoi, Aerial Imaging Solutions

Amy Apprill and Carolyn Miller, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Affordable unmanned multirotor aerial systems are enabling unprecedented perspectives on marine mammal health. This project aims to acquire high quality photogrammetry of marine mammals, especially large whales, to acquire total length and length to width ratios to accurately assess body condition. Samples of exhalate from the same animals, analyzed for a range of metabolic and microbiological parameters holds the promise of diagnosing possible reasons for observed variability in body condition.

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