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Can thermal cameras prevent ship strikes?

Researchers are testing the effectiveness of thermal IR cameras for automated whale detection to help prevent ship strikes in the narrow channels of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands.

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Vessel traffic in British Columbia’s Gulf Islands has increased significantly in recent decades, making whales there more vulnerable to lethal vessel strikes along these narrow marine highways. Researchers are testing the effectiveness of thermal IR cameras for automated whale detection, which could help prevent collisions. (Photo on left by Harald Yurk)
HOV <em>Alvin</em> pilot Valentine Wilson sits atop the research submarine in 1966, shown here in its first incarnation. After Wilson came back from a trip to the Bahamas sporting a red beret, the hats were adopted as a badge of camaraderie among the members of the #HOVAlvin group. Photo by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The mixing of organic-rich and sediment-rich waters of the Rio Negro and Solimoes River in the amazon basin.
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During a recent transit through the Prince Christian Sound in southern Greenland, the crew of the research vessel <em>Neil Armstrong</em> took advantage of calm conditions during an otherwise storm-tossed spring to work on deck in the strait’s narrow waters. Photo by Kent Sheasley, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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An illustration of an organism infected with the giant virus known as Mimivirus. Credit: Shutterstock
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Laura Weber collects a syringe sample from seawater surrounding an Orbicella faveolata coral colony in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.
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These may look like a curtain of Mardi Gras beads hung in a doorway, but they are actually Man-o'-War tentacles that can inject toxins into any creature unlucky enough to bump into them. Photo by Larry Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Many ocean twilight zone animals have adapted to their dark surroundings with larger-than-normal eyes. (Photo by Paul Caiger, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
An artist’s rendering of R/V <em>Resolution,</em> which will be homeported at the University of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay Campus starting in 2021. (Glosten Associates)