Dolphin Photogrammetry

Lead Engineer, Julian Dale, travelled to Scotland earlier this summer to work with Aberdeen University’s Paul Thompson and Barbara Cheney on their long-term bottlenose dolphin study. Julian flew our LEMHex (hexacopter) over pods of bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth to obtain clear images of dolphins in order to take body measurements. UAS photogrammetry techniques can be useful to study bottlenose dolphin health. Paul and Barbara will work with Julian and Nicola Quick from the Duke Marine Lab and use these measurements to complement the long-term dataset of known individuals, compare measurements collected using laser photometric techniques, and validate the use of UAS photogrammetry as a viable tool to assess dolphin health.

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