Drones Protect Whales

The news this week is that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is using an Osprey drone to help it locate and monitor Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean.

While the introduction of drones has allowed some belligerant countries to introduce targeted killing and pervasive surveillance into conflict zones, drones also have the potential to democratise surveillance, as non state organisations are able to purchase simple drones which have sophisticated optical and communications technology. Small drones like the Osprey can stay aloft for as much as an hour and send back high definition images from far above the surface of the land, or the sea.

The SSCS has also used the drone in its campaign to protect bluefin tuna.


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