The Use of an Instrumented Marine Mammal as an Oceanographic Survey Platform.
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The paper reports the second phase of an effort to use instrumented marine mammals to measure selected environmental parameters and to relay data on these parameters to tracking aircraft and ultimately to orbiting satellites. A Pacific common dolphin, Delphinus delphis, was fitted with an instrument package and tracked from shipboard and from specially equipped Navy S-2D aircraft. The preferability of smaller odontocetes over larger mystictes as environmental survey platforms was demonstrated. Data collected compared favorably with data from previous radio tracks and with on-site measurements using conventional sampling techniques. Maximum transmitter range and optimum tracking and data collection altitudes were demonstrated for present systems. Author
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography