WHaLE project to use OTN gliders in study of whale-ship collisions


As part of MEOPAR’s Whale Habitat and Listening Experiment (WHaLE) project, Dr. Kim Davies is working with industry, government and public agencies to monitor at-risk whales in relation to marine shipping routes.

The project will advance risk reduction by mitigating ship to whale strike risk in almost real-time through the use of OTN’s underwater ocean gliders as well as passive acoustics and satellite ship-tracking technology.

OTN’s fleet of underwater gliders are contributing to this endeavour by listening for and identifying whales via underwater hydrophone. The gliders are also measuring oceanographic variables within the whales’ habitat to better predict their distributions in the northwest Atlantic.

Reducing ship-strike risk to whales in Canadian waters

Read more about OTN’s gliders here 

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