09 Oct Utilising Drones For Shark Research And Conservation
Utilising Drones For Shark Research and Conservation
Hover UAV once again was privileged to conduct Phase 8 NSW DPI Drone Trials at Evans Head NSW. Trials conducted were to provide aerial drone surveillance in the interests of public safety and to utilise drones for shark research and conservation. As always records of all fauna sighted was recorded to help researches build a picture of what species are prevalent at certain times of the year. Additionally new features were tested such as the introduction of the observer using FPV goggles to conclude if this is a better method for shark detection than that of a tablet or screen used by the pilot.
Eye In Sky Finds Tiger Sharks On Whale Carcass
Whilst on the Northern Rivers Hover UAV was fortunate to be in attendance at one of nature’s most magnificent events. With all approvals in place with the DPI and National Parks and Wildlife shooting could commence. At a location south of Angourie a deceased Humpback Whale was being eaten by at least three Tiger Sharks. In the morning there was documented evidence of White Shark activity but by the afternoon there was primarily Tiger Sharks in action. Once the whale had made landfall Shark behaviour was observed via drone for days after to develop a better understanding of shark behavior around a whale carcass.
During this event many shark behaviours were documented between the two hazardous species in attendance. The two species at the site of the whale carcass were the White Shark and the Tiger Shark. Interesting observations were made on the direction of travel and the interaction between the two species. There was even footage captured of a White Shark attacking a Ray which the Ray was lucky to escape.
Hover UAV Drone Shark Alarm
Once again all drones were fitted with the Hover UAV drone shark alarm. This alarm simply fits to the back of the drone and is simply initiated via a switch with the pilot should the pilot see a hazardous shark. The alarm performed flawlessly and gives the pilot independance to manage difficult situations directly from the drones position. By positioning the drone over a hazardous shark all water users understand where the hazard is located and should depart the water immediately.