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Epic moment sneezes and a blue whale blows a drone overhead with a burst of ‘snot’

The epic moment when a blue whale sneezed and shot an above-ground research drone with a burst of ‘snot’ was captured on camera.

The images were taken by Christian Miller and show his groundbreaking drone – also known as the ‘SnotBot’ – that the whale passes in Baja California while squirting from its blowhole.

The SnotBot collects matter from this blow for scientists to analyze and learn more about how the whales live and their environment.

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The epic moment when a blue whale sneezed and an overhead exploration drone shot down with a burst of snot was captured on camera. In the photo, SnotBot flies over a whale

The epic moment when a blue whale sneezed and an overhead exploration drone shot down with a burst of snot was captured on camera. In the photo, SnotBot flies over a whale

The images were taken by Christian Miller and show his groundbreaking drone - called the 'SnotBot', which is about the giant marine mammal before sounding a mighty sneeze

The images were taken by Christian Miller and show his groundbreaking drone - called the 'SnotBot', which is about the giant sea mammal before sounding a mighty sneeze

The images were taken by Christian Miller and show his groundbreaking drone – called the ‘SnotBot’, which is about the giant sea mammal before sounding a mighty sneeze

“From what I hear, they seem to inspire people and hopefully bring more love and respect to our oceans,” said Mr. Miller.

“Not everyone is as lucky as I am.”

“I have the privilege of being close to wildlife in some of the most stunning locations in the world.”

“It’s part of my job to bring the ocean closer to everyone and it’s going to get a lot less if we make some changes in our impact.”

Mr. Miller added that the SnotBot drone allows scientists to obtain vital information from the precious whales – including DNA, hormone and microbial samples that provide clues to mammalian ecology and habitat – without invasive procedures.

Whales and dolphins are more threatened today than ever before, and these threats are increasingly diverse and intense. Many are critically endangered, “said Miller.

“From what I hear, they seem to inspire people and hopefully bring more love and respect to our oceans,” said Mr. Miller. Pictured, SnotBot flies over a blue whale

“Not everyone is as lucky as I am,” said Mr. Miller. “I have the privilege of being close to wildlife in some of the most stunning locations in the world.” Pictured, SnotBot

The SnotBot drone will allow scientists to get vital information from the precious whales without invasive procedures, Miller said. Pictured, SnotBot flies over a blue whale

The SnotBot drone will allow scientists to get vital information from the precious whales without invasive procedures, Miller said. Pictured, SnotBot flies over a blue whale

The SnotBot drone will allow scientists to get vital information from the precious whales without invasive procedures, Miller said. Pictured, SnotBot flies over a blue whale

“If we want to protect these animals, we need bold, non-invasive, innovative solutions that allow us to collect more affordable and better data to understand these threats and their impact on the animals,” added Mr. Miller.

“At Ocean Alliance, we believe the solution is drones!”

“The goal of the Ocean Alliance SnotBot program was to explore and push the boundaries of this new research paradigm, determine which data can be collected with a drone and how best to collect it.”

Contrary to popular belief, a whale’s blow is not made of water, but contains a mixture of hot air, bacteria and moisture then condenses in the cool air.

The bot is full of petri dishes that allow him to collect blows that can be analyzed by scientists and provide essential clues about the whale’s ecology and habitat.

For example. Blow can contain samples of a whale’s DNA, stress hormones, pregnancy hormones, microbiome and various other biological indicators.

“If we want to protect these animals, we need bold, non-invasive, innovative solutions that allow us to collect more affordable and better data to understand these threats and their impact on the animals,” said Miller. Pictured, SnotBot flies over a blue whale

Whales and dolphins are more threatened today than ever before, and these threats are increasingly diverse and intense. Many are critically endangered, “said Miller. Pictured, a blue whale seen from a camera aboard SnotBot

“It’s part of my job to bring the ocean closer to everyone, and it’s going to be a lot less to change our impact,” said Miller.

“The goal of the Ocean Alliance SnotBot program was to explore and push the boundaries of this new research paradigm, determine what data can be collected with a drone and how best to collect it,” said Miller.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT WHALE SONG?

For a long time, it was believed that whales sang only to mate.

But some experts suggest that the songs also help the mammals explore their environment.

Researchers have registered humpback whales that change their call when they move to new pastures to match the songs of others around them.

Learning these songs can help whales locate and group together better in unfamiliar waters.

Researchers have included humpback whales that change their call when they move to new pastures to match the songs of others around them (file photo)

Researchers have included humpback whales that change their call when they move to new pastures to match the songs of others around them (file photo)

Researchers have included humpback whales that change their call when they move to new pastures to match the songs of others around them (file photo)

It is difficult for scientists to study how whales sing, because the shy beasts are notoriously difficult to observe and each species sings differently.

Humpback whales sing with folds in the vocal box that vibrate at low frequencies as air is pushed over them.

It has been suggested that they have special air sacs adjacent to these vocal cords that connect to the lungs.

This allows the whales to pass air between their lungs, the sacs and the vocal cords without losing their precious air supply.

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