Smart cameras keep lookout for endangered whales

Smart cameras keep lookout for endangered whales

With numbers hovering around 360 individuals, the North Atlantic right whale is critically endangered. Authorities in the U.S. and Canada use spotter planes to search for North Atlantic right whales so they can issue warnings to nearby ships. But planes can’t be used at night or in bad weather, nor can observers detect whales swimming in deep water. The cameras are linked to artificial intelligence that Zitterbart's team has trained on examples of waves, birds, vessels and whales. Unlike human observation from planes and boats, these cameras don’t require ambient light, so they can spot whales around the clock.

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