Dolphins, Drones, and 3D Scanning – Dolphin Quest Oahu

Dolphins, Drones, and 3D Scanning – Dolphin Quest Oahu


3…2…1 Aloha friends my name is Maddie and I’m
a Marine Mammal specialist here at Dolphin Quest Oahu located at the
beautiful Kahala Hotel and Resort we’ve got a very exciting day planned today. We
have visiting marine mammal scientists and our dolphins are helping them to
calibrate drones to aid in dolphin and whale conservation. They also have a
visiting school group here with us today from the Hawaii Technology Academy. It’s
gonna be a very busy day but we’re really excited to have everyone here so
let’s get the day started! One of my favorite parts about being a
Marine Mammal Specialist is being able to share with our guests and the next generation
of ocean stewards the groundbreaking science that we have contributed to over
the years. Aloha my name is Sook Russell I am the director of public and
community affairs for Dolphin Quest. This is the second year that we are
continuing our year-long learning program with Hawaii Technology Academy
which is the largest public charter school in the state of Hawaii. We are
once again working with the seventh graders and their seventh grade teachers
to bring the kids to Dolphin Quest of the classroom this partnership with HTA
is in many ways kind of the ultimate expression of our mission which is to
touch hearts and minds through fun innovative experiences that create a
connection to nature and a passion to learn more. So, we have a research
facility here at the University of Hawaii where we do research on animals
out in the wild but sometimes there’s things that we can’t do out in the wild
that we have to learn from from when animals are in a facility like this so
when we find a really good facility that has a really good educational component
the animals are really well cared for and we partner together and work very
closely together and this is an example of that. In this particular project
Fabien is trying to measure these animals with with drones and for several
reasons and and those kind of measurements we weren’t able to do in
the wild. Right? You guys measure things at home in through school right you know
you have to measure how big a book is how big your table is we do the same
thing with the dolphins so we can measure them and then we can compare
them to those measurements with the drones so do you want to know why we
want to measure these dolphins? Do you have an idea? Maybe possibly their age. yeah so it’s mainly to get the age of
these animals. You for example you’re that tall and we know that if your that tall on
average you should be around this age. By doing this we can kind of reconstruct
what animals are making this population and check if there’s enough babies. If
there’s enough juveniles, young adults and then adults. Because then we want to see
if the whole group of these dolphins is doing fine and is healthy. That’s the
scanner we’re going to use today we are gonna have some light that’s gonna come
out of here. This thing is gonna give us the real volume of the animal so then
it’s also ground truthing what we’re doing with the drone and with the tape
so the idea is that we’re going to try this machine today on one dolphin in Noa
and we’re gonna see the result it gives u. There really is no greater way to
deepen one’s education and a love of marine life than with firsthand
experiences. And all of these things really come together here at Dolphin
Quest Oahu. Thank you for watching if you enjoyed this video please like and
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of just is you wanna try yes you

Eugene Islam

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