Drones have always had a place in search operations. Giving a bird’s eye view of the target locations, drones can search through an area a lot more efficiently than by other means. Along with being equipped with state of the art cameras that can track objects with amazing visibility, it is no question why drones are the go-to instruments when there is a search. As the modern era goes through the years, so has the advancements in technology. This, in turn, leads to cheaper production costs for modern machines, including drones. It is therefore an amazing time to utilize the capabilities of drones as they are now more affordable, and more available to the public. The science scene, for example, has started using drones in measuring volcanic activity, sea life movement, as well as animal tracking.
Last January 29, 2018, drones have proved an even more helpful use in the science community. A group of researchers have recently used the power of drones to survey a large area of water, leading to their discovery and measurement of a massive jellyfish swarm. Found in British Columbia, Canada, the swarm was estimated to have been more than 70 tons, and the jellyfish included in it were at least 150,000 in number. Although this was not the first time a drone has helped locate and identify swarms of jellyfish, this discovery may in fact be the largest one yet.
Indeed, an aerial view can be the difference in getting accurate data for scientific research. Drones have been used for research before this particular project. Drone use has been considered more and more the past few years in studying the patterns and behaviors of ocean life. With this particular jellyfish discovery, scientists agree that the team on the field in British Columbia may have never found out about the swarm without the help of a drone giving them a higher view of the area.