Researchers use a drone called Snot Bot to collect mucus from blowing whales

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GLOUCESTER, MA - These days, folks are finding all sorts of new uses for drones. But this odd job is nothing to sneeze at. Drone expert Michael Perry says, "A team of whale researches use our systems to fly over whale pods and collect their snot so they can do advanced analytics to determine their health."

That's right, Snot Bot flown by Ocean Alliance is a drone made to hover over whales, in hopes of collecting the sea mammals mucus from their blow holes. See, whale snot is very valuable in determining a whale's well-being. From collecting DNA, to data on viruses, bacteria, stress and pregnancy hormones the whale might be producing, researches learn a lot from these airborne loogies. And the best part, the whales are unaware of the observation. Dr. Lain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance adds, "Most of the work that's being done to collect stress hormones from animals, actually stresses the animal. We want to collect data from animals without them knowing and I think these new technologies can do it."

The only thing researches have to do is fly the Snot Bot by a whale and wait for an eruption. It's a sticky situation made easy, but why bothering studying whale boogers anyway? According to Dr. Kerr, "They're great bio indicators species, and we have a lot to learn from them."

So by saving the whale, we might be saving ourselves as well. It "snot" a bad idea at all.



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