Using satellites to monitor whales

A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaches at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, off the Massachusetts coast. ©Whit Welles

Could satellites help conserve whales? Boston’s New England Aquarium and the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based engineering firm Draper are teaming up for a project they’re calling Counting Whales From Space. They hope to gather data on where whales are likely to be located, together using data from sources such as satellites, sonar and radar, to help conservation groups monitor them. The goal, Draper’s John Irvine told the Associated Press, is to develop a “global watch on whale movement.”

Read more here from the Associated Press.