Drone gets blasted with whale breath – for a good cause

A hexacopter gets a full load of whale

If you were a humpback whale, chances are that you wouldn’t like having someone following along above you in a motorboat, holding a petri dish out on a pole over your blow hole. That’s traditionally how researchers ascertain what types of bacteria are normally present in a whale’s exhaled breath, though. Now, scientists have successfully utilized a less intrusive method of gathering what’s known as the “respiratory microbiome” – they’ve used a drone.

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