How Do We Study Whales Without Bothering Them?

It's no surprise to find out that humanity has a generally detrimental effect on whale populations. When a team of researchers from Oregon State University wanted to find out exactly how much human phenomena—such as ocean pollution, or the sound of boat motors—affected whales, they had to do so in a way that wouldn't disturb the whales even further. The answer turns out to involve high-flying drones and getting up-close and personal with whale poop. Watch the video below, then find out more about whale-human interactions.

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Written by Curiosity Staff May 12, 2017

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