The team from SR3/SEA pilot a remotely-controlled hexacopter through the blow of a gray whale to non-invasively collect a sample of blow exhalate. These samples will be analyzed to describe respiratory microbiome and hormone levels, to assess the health consequences of changing body condition. Research authorization by NMFS permit #19091.
Body size data collected non-invasively from drone images indicate morphologically distinct Chilean blue whale
Here is a web posting from Cascadia Research on John’s work with gray whales and his affiliation with SEA.
Additional blog posts from The Sealife Response, Rehab, and Research (SR3) website, highlighting John’s affiliation with SEA: