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Monday, March 23, 2009

Infra-red casts light on elusive whale count

  • Andrew Darby, Hobart
  • March 23, 2009
Infra-red cameras are helping count whales hidden beneath the sea's surface, which will help monitor the numbers of a species, such as minke whales off Davis, Antartica (pictured).

Infra-red cameras are helping count whales hidden beneath the sea's surface, which will help monitor the numbers of a species, such as minke whales off Davis, Antartica (pictured). Photo: Frederique Olivier

AN INFRA-RED camera has come to the rescue in one of the most divisive arguments of whale research — how many minkes are there in the Antarctic?

The difficult task of counting whales has been eased by Australian scientists. In a global first they used the camera to "find" whales that have disappeared beneath the sea's surface.

Mounted on an aircraft flying over the polar pack ice zone, the ... more at: http://www.theage.com.au/national/infrared-casts-light-on-elusive-whale-count-20090322-95ot.html

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