Scientists Study Slow-Mo Dolphin Breath for Wild Dolphin Conservation

Scientists Study Slow-Mo Dolphin Breath for Wild Dolphin Conservation

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My name is Mitchell Ford and I’m a
PhD student in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University So what we’re doing here as engineers is performing particle image velocimetry which is a fancy way to say that we’re tracking the flow out of the dolphin
blowhole when it comes up to breathe or sneeze. When we collect PIV data we go
out on the docks with a high-speed camera and a computer so that we can set
up with the trainer and the dolphin we focus the camera on the dolphin and then
the trainer asks the dolphin to check for us and we record that at several
thousand frames per second. So using the flow visualization data we hope to
construct a dolphin blowhole simulator that will help us design a unmanned
aerial system to obtain help hormones from dolphins out of the wild. We came
here to the Dolphin Quest to get data from dolphins willing to participate in
our study. This is the first step we need to take in designing a drone that can
quantify health of dolphins in the wild.

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