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Marine biologists use DJI Inspire to collect whale snot

At today’s DJI event, Michael Perry, Managing Director of DJI North America told us that people are finding new ways to use drones that even DJI had not thought of. Most people are familiar with insurance inspectors, solar panel installation companies and real estate professionals using drones but sometimes people find new ways to use them.

Collecting whale snot

Such is the case with marine biologists. Scientists from Ocean Alliance use expensive DJI Inspires to collect whale snot. To do so they fly the drone through the spray from the whale when it exhales. This way they collect the mucus-like substance that’s exhaled out of the blowholes on the tops of whales’ heads. The snot provides a lot of information on the whale’s health and diet.




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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo