‘Singing’ drone may be lost killer whale’s last hope in Normandy
Officials in France’s Normandy region are to deploy a drone as likely their best, and probably last chance to save a killer whale that has strayed far up into the fresh waters of the River Seine.
The Prefecture of Normandy’s Seine Maritime department announced a drone would be used as a “gentle method of intervention” in attempting to coax the killer whale back to the west, towards the Atlantic port of le Havre where it was first spotted May 16. After meeting with marine biology experts and environmentalists to discuss using a trio of boats to herd the orca in the right direction, officials chose the aerial option as preferrable.
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The UAV, they said, will permit effective visual monitoring from on high that won’t further alarm the vulnerable creature. More importantly, the drone will also broadcast recorded calls of other killer whales through a speaker to lure the…