B.C. scientists are perplexing to get a improved lookÂ at one of a South Coast’s many threatened sea mammalsÂ using thermal imaging cameras commissioned offÂ Galiano Island, B.C.Â
The cameras were commissioned during a Sturdies Bay terminalÂ in JuneÂ andÂ are partial of a year-long commander plan directed during improving showing of southern proprietor torpedo whales in a heavily traffickedÂ Salish Sea.
In a created statement, BC Ferries pronounced sovereign scientists are perplexing to establish if a use of thermal imagery together with visible and acoustic surveillanceÂ is a arguable approach to detect whales in a Salish Sea that is used by commercialÂ shipsÂ and supports severalÂ passenger packet routes
The cameras are means to “see”Â whalesÂ by detecting heat differences between sea mammals, ships and a surrounding water, even during night.
Monitoring of sea life is not new.Â
In Nov final year, a sovereign ride method commissioned hydrophonesÂ at Boundary Pass nearby Saturna Island, also with a idea of monitoring a whales’ medium to urge torpedo whale sport and participation outcomes.
The hydrophones were commissioned privately to detect sound levels a whales are subjected to by flitting ships.
According to BC Ferries,Â if a new thermal imaging cameras areÂ successful, they could warning ships to a participation ofÂ the involved internal orcasÂ in slight shippingÂ lanesÂ and could helpÂ pilots make real-time decisions to delayed down or equivocate areas when whales are present.
BC Ferries has taken partial in theÂ Port of Vancouver Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) module given 2014. The ECHO module aims to improved know and conduct a impact of shipping activities on at-risk whales in a region.