This was a quick test at Dolphin Research Center to see if a peduncle band if visible from the air using low cost equipment. The dolphins have been trained to wear the bands. The peduncle bands are used in case of a hurricanes to be able to identify the dolphins if they get washed out to sea in a storm. Because the dolphins do not have the skills needed to feed themselves it is critical that they are found quickly.
The main focus of this project is to build hex and quads that will be used to rescue injured and entangled manatees in the Keys. It is currently a time consuming and expensive to rescue these endangered animals often taking day to locate an injured animal.
Before you get stared
This was filmed with 6 spotters early in the day before many people were on the grounds. You can see a couple of young kid come up to the fence towards the end.......time to stop