Scientists tested the drones in August on a pair of stranded belugas on a mudflat in the Turnagain Arm. Mahoney said the drone produced quality images, which helps researchers identity particular whales and be able to monitor how the animals are doing. When shooting pictures from an airplane, weather conditions in the Cook Inlet can impact the clarity of  the images. “I think (the drones) do much better, picture-wise, for sure, in strong winds,” Mahoney said. “We had gusts of 40 miles per hour, and the pictures were great.”

First time I’ve seen someone say that drones will outperform a small plane in a strong wind. Could be the guy was just happy not to be aloft getting tossed around…


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